Hollister Incorporated is responding to the positive feedback to the VaPro Plus™ touch free hydrophilic intermittent catheter by focusing attention on this innovative closed system catheter and discontinuing the straight tip VaPro standard catheter in the US. All VaPro catheter styles use the same catheter design, making it easy for customers to switch to the VaPro Plus from another style of VaPro catheter.
This change does not affect any other Hollister products.
The VaPro Plus intermittent catheter is the only prehydrated, ready-to-use hydrophilic catheter with a protective tip & sleeve plus an integrated collection bag.
“Both clinicians and consumers have expressed a strong preference for the VaPro Plus catheter with an integrated collection bag,” said Patrick Noble, U.S. General Manager, Continence and Critical Care. “By focusing on the product that our clinicians and customers prefer, Hollister can better serve their needs.”
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a policy clarification for reimbursement [insurance coverage] that catheters coded in the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) category A4353 must include a collection chamber.
The VaPro catheter was coded A4353 by the Pricing, Data Analysis and Coding contractor (PDAC) three times between September 2013 and March 2015. The VaPro catheter HCPCS coding has not changed, however in light of this recent news, VaPro catheters without a collection bag are subject to recoding.
The VaPro Plus catheter includes an integrated collection bag, and is not expected to be impacted by this policy clarification.
People using the straight tip VaPro catheter without collection bag will be transitioned to the VaPro Plus catheter throughout the summer. The three VaPro catheters with coudé tip will not be discontinued. All VaPro catheters will still be sold in several European markets.
For more information or to request a product sample, please visit comfortmedical.com/brands/hollister-catheters/.
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