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Fecal Microbiota Transplantation

Policy Number: MP-584

Latest Review Date: December 2020

Category: Laboratory                                                             

Policy Grade: B

POLICY:

Effective for dates of service on and after December 22, 2020:

The use of fecal microbiota transplantation for treatment of patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile infection may be considered medically necessary when:

  • There have been at least 2 recurrences that are refractory to standard antibiotic treatment.

The use of fecal microbiota transplantation is considered not medically necessary and investigational in the absence of the conditions listed above.

Effective for dates of service prior to December 22, 2020:

The use of fecal microbiota transplantation for treatment of patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile infection may be considered medically necessary when:

  • There have been at least three episodes of recurrent infection; AND
  • Episodes are refractory to appropriate antibiotic regimens, including at least one regimen of pulsed vancomycin.

The use of fecal microbiota transplantation is considered not medically necessary and investigational in the absence of the conditions listed above.

DESCRIPTION OF PROCEDURE OR SERVICE:

Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) involves the administration of intestinal microorganisms via the transfer of stool from a healthy person into a diseased patient, with the intent of restoring normal intestinal flora. Fecal transplant is proposed for treatment-refractory Clostridioides (formerly Clostridium) difficile infection (CDI), and other conditions including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Fecal Microbiota

Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), also called donor feces infusion, intestinal microbiota transplantation, and fecal bacteriotherapy, involves the duodenal infusion of intestinal microorganisms via the transfer of stool from a healthy individual into a diseased individual to restore normal intestinal flora. The stool can be infused as a liquid suspension into a patient’s upper gastrointestinal tract though a nasogastric tube or gastroscopy, or into the colon through a colonoscope or rectal catheter.

The goal of FMT is to replace damaged and/or disordered native microbiota with a stable community of donor microorganisms. The treatment is based on the premise that an imbalance in the community of microorganisms residing in the gastrointestinal tract (i.e., dysbiosis) is associated with specific disease states, including susceptibility to infection.

The human microbiota, defined as the aggregate of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, archaea) on and in the human body, is believed to consist of approximately 10 to 100 trillion cells, approximately ten times the number of human cells. Most human microbes reside in the intestinal tract, and most of these are bacteria. In its healthy state, intestinal microbiota perform a variety of useful functions including aiding in the digestion of carbohydrates, mediating the synthesis of certain vitamins, repressing growth of pathogenic microbes, and stimulating the lymphoid tissue to produce antibodies to pathogens.

Applications

Clostridioides Difficile Infection

To date, the major potential clinical application of fecal microbiota transplantation is in the treatment of Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI). Infection of the colon with C difficile is a major cause of colitis and can cause life-threatening conditions including colonic perforation and toxic megacolon. C difficile occurs naturally in the intestinal flora. According to the 2019

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, CDI continues to be an urgent threat. In 2017, there were an estimated 223,900 cases of CDI in hospitalized patients and an estimated 12,900 CDI-associated deaths. Interestingly, the overall number of cases of healthcare-associated CDI cases has been trending down since 2012 when the number of cases was estimated at 251,400.

It is unclear what causes C difficile overgrowth, but disruption of the normal colonic flora and colonization by C difficile are major components. Disruption of the normal colonic flora occurs most commonly following the administration of oral, parenteral or topical antibiotics. Standard treatment for CDI is antibiotic therapy. However, symptoms recur in up to 35% of patients and up to 65% of patients with recurrences develop a chronic recurrent pattern of CDI.

Other Applications

Other potential uses of fecal microbiota transplant include the treatment of conditions in which altered colonic flora may play a role: inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, idiopathic constipation and non-gastrointestinal diseases such as multiple sclerosis, obesity, autism, and chronic fatigue syndrome. However, for these conditions, the contribution of alterations in colonic flora to the disorder is uncertain or controversial.

There is interest in alternatives to human feces that might have the same beneficial effects on intestinal microbiota without the risks of disease transmission. A proof of principle study, Perof et al (2013) evaluated a synthetic stool product in two patients with recurrent CDI. The product is made from 33 bacterial isolates developed from culturing stool from a healthy donor.

KEY POINTS:

The most recent literature review was updated through October 8, 2020.

Summary of Evidence

For individuals who have recurrent CDI refractory to antibiotic therapy who receive FMT, the evidence includes systematic reviews with meta-analyses and observational studies. Relevant outcomes are symptoms, change in disease status, and treatment-related morbidity. Meta-analyses have found that FMT is more effective than standard treatment or placebo for patients with recurrent CDI. A long-term prospective study found that FMT for recurrent or refractory CDI appears to be durable at 4 to 8 years following treatment, even for patients who had subsequently received non-CDI antibiotic therapy. A meta-analysis comparing several routes of FMT delivery for the treatment of recurrent CDI found that cure rates were significantly higher with colonoscopy or oral capsules versus nasogastric tube or enema, while colonoscopy and capsules were equally effective. Similar success rates have been demonstrated with FMT using fresh versus frozen feces. Conversely, data regarding the superiority of FMT using donor versus autologous feces are conflicting. Few treatment-related adverse events have been reported. The evidence is sufficient to determine that the technology results in a meaningful improvement in the net health outcome.

For individuals who have irritable bowel disease who receive FMT, the evidence includes systematic reviews and RCTs. Relevant outcomes are symptoms, change in disease status, and treatment-related morbidity. Two systematic reviews with meta-analysis concluded that FMT had shown promise in treating patients with ulcerative colitis, but 1 meta-analysis recommended caution about using FMT to treat patients with Crohn disease. A 48-week RCT in patients with ulcerative colitis in clinical remission after prior FMTs found conflicting results for remission outcomes with additional courses of FMT. This current evidence is not sufficient to permit conclusions on the efficacy of FMT for ulcerative colitis. Additionally, questions remain about the optimal route of administration, donor characteristics, and the number of transplants. A small RCT in patients with Crohn disease failed to find a difference in the achievement of remission with FMT versus placebo. The evidence is insufficient to determine the effects of the technology on health outcomes.

For individuals who have irritable bowel syndrome who receive FMT, the evidence includes a systematic review and RCTs. Relevant outcomes are symptoms, change in disease status, and treatment-related morbidity. The systematic review with meta-analysis reviewed 5 RCTs and reported mixed outcomes for FMT in patients with irritable bowel syndrome. When all studies were pooled, no net benefit was found for active FMT. In a pooled analysis of 3 RCTs utilizing autologous FMT as a placebo, patients were less likely to experience an improvement in IBS symptoms with donor FMT (ie, active treatment). Two additional RCTs published after the meta-analysis also utilized autologous FMT as a placebo, and did not find a significant reduction in symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome using donor FMT; both trials also found reduced durability of response 1 year following donor FMT. Few treatment-related adverse events have been reported. Data are limited by small study sizes and heterogeneity in utilized outcome measurement scales and definitions of treatment response. The evidence is insufficient to determine the effects of the technology on health outcomes.

For individuals who have pouchitis, constipation, multidrug-resistant organism infection, or metabolic syndrome who receive FMT, the evidence includes systematic reviews and an RCT. Relevant outcomes are symptoms, change in disease status, and treatment-related morbidity. Systematic reviews of data from patients who received FMT for constipation, pouchitis, multidrug-resistant organisms, and metabolic syndrome have all concluded that more data are needed before FMT can be applied in clinical practice for these populations. In a meta-analysis assessing the use of FMT in obese and metabolic syndrome patients, the initial improvements of several metabolic parameters failed to demonstrate sustained durability at 12 weeks after treatment. An RCT comparing FMT to no intervention in patients with multidrug-resistant organisms failed to demonstrate improved rates of decolonization with treatment. The evidence is insufficient to determine the effects of the technology on health outcomes.

PRACTICE GUIDELINES AND POSITION STATEMENTS

American College of Gastroenterology

The American College of Gastroenterology (2013) published a guideline on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of CDIs. The guideline addressed fecal microbiota transplant for treatment of three or more CDI recurrences, as follows:

“If there is a third recurrence after a pulsed vancomycin regimen, fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) should be considered. (Conditional recommendation, moderate-quality evidence)”

For the treatment of one to two CDI recurrences, the guidelines recommended:

“The first recurrence of CDI can be treated with the same regimen that was used for the initial episode. If severe, however, vancomycin should be used. The second recurrence should be treated with a pulsed vancomycin regimen. (Conditional recommendation, low-quality evidence)”.                       

The American College of Gastroenterology (2019) published guidelines on the management of adults with ulcerative colitis. The guidelines addressed fecal microbiota transplant as therapy for induction of remission, as follows:

"Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) requires more study and clarification of treatment before use as therapy for UC."

Infection Diseases Society of America

The Infectious Diseases Society of America and Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America updated clinical practice guidelines (2019) for the diagnosis and treatment of CDI in children and adults. Recommendations were summarized as follows:

  • "Consider fecal microbiota transplantation for pediatric patients with multiple recurrences of CDI following standard antibiotic treatments. (Weak recommendation, very low quality of evidence)"
  • "Fecal microbiota transplantation is recommended for patients with multiple recurrences of CDI who have failed appropriate antibiotic treatments. (Strong recommendation, moderate quality of evidence)"
  • "Potential candidates for FMT include patients with multiple recurrences of CDI who have failed to resolve their infection despite treatment attempts with antibiotic agents targeting CDI. Although there are no data to indicate how many antibiotic treatments should be attempted before referral for FMT, the opinion of the panel is that appropriate antibiotic treatments for at least 2 recurrences (ie, 3 CDI episodes) should be tried."

British Society of Gastroenterology

In 2019, the British Society of Gastroenterology consensus guidelines on the management of inflammatory bowel disease in adults made the following recommendation regarding FMT:

  • "We suggest that faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) shows some evidence of benefit in ulcerative colitis and should be used in the context of clinical trials until further high-quality evidence clarifies the potential for benefit and optimal administration protocol (GRADE: weak recommendation, moderate-quality evidence. Agreement: 93.3%)."

U.S. PREVENTIVE SERVICES TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS

Not applicable.

KEY WORDS:

Fecal microbiota transplant, Donor feces infusion, Intestinal microbiota transplantation, Fecal bacteriotherapy, Fecal transplant

APPROVED BY GOVERNING BODIES:

In 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued updated draft guidance on investigational new drug requirements for the use of FMT to treat CDI not responsive to medication therapy. The draft guidance is similar to the 2013 guidance and states that the Food and Drug Administration is continuing to consider how to regulate FMT and that, during this interim period, the agency will use enforcement discretion regarding the use of fecal transplant to treat treatment-resistant CDI. The Food and Drug Administration requires that physicians obtain adequate informed consent from patients or their legal representative before performing the intervention. The document also noted that selective enforcement does not apply to the use of fecal transplant for treating conditions other than treatment-resistant CDI.

In 2019, the FDA issued a safety alert regarding the use of FMT due to the potential risk of serious or life-threatening infections caused by the transmission of multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs). Two immunocompromised individuals received investigational FMT and developed invasive infections caused by the transmission of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli. One of the affected individuals died. The donor stool used in each patient's FMT procedures had not been tested for extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing gram-negative organisms prior to use. Follow-up testing verified donor stool was positive for MDROs identical to the organisms isolated from the two patients. Due to these events, the FDA has determined that the following additional protections are required for any investigational use of FMT:

  • Donor screening that specifically addresses risk factors for colonization with MDROs and exclusion of individuals at higher risk of colonization with MDROs (eg, health care workers, persons who have recently been hospitalized or discharged from long-term care facilities, persons who regularly attend outpatient medical or surgical clinics, and persons who have recently engaged in medical tourism).
  • MDRO testing of donor stool and exclusion of stool testing positive for MDROs. At a minimum, tests should include:
    • extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae
    • vancomycin-resistant enterococci
    • carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae
    • methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
  • All FMT products currently in storage for future use must be quarantined until donor MDRO carriage risk can be assessed and FMT products are tested and found negative for MDROs.
  • The informed consent process for FMT treatment subjects should describe the risk of MDRO transmission and infection and the measures being implemented for donor screening and stool testing.

BENEFIT APPLICATION:

Coverage is subject to member’s specific benefits.  Group specific policy will supersede this policy when applicable.

ITS: Home Policy provisions apply.

FEP:  Special benefit consideration may apply.  Refer to member’s benefit plan.  FEP does not consider investigational if FDA approved and will be reviewed for medical necessity.

CURRENT CODING: 

CPT Codes:

44705             

Preparation of fecal microbiota for installation, including assessment of donor specimen

HCPCS Codes:

G0455            

Preparation with instillation of fecal microbiota by any method, including assessment of donor specimen

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POLICY HISTORY:

Medical Policy Panel, February 2014

Medical Policy Group, February 2015 (3):  Newly adopted policy

Medical Policy Administration Committee, March 2015

Medical Policy Panel, April 2015

Medical Policy Group, May 2015 (3): 2015 Updates to Key Points & References; no change in policy statement.

Medical Policy Panel, November 2015

Medical Policy Group, December 2015 (3): 2015 Updates to Key Points and References; no change in policy statement.

Medical Policy Panel, November 2016

Medical Policy Group, November 2016 (3): 2016 Updates to Key Points and References; no change in policy statement.

Medical Policy Panel, November 2017

Medical Policy Group, November 2017 (3): 2017 Updates to Description, Key Points & References; no change in policy statement.

Medical Policy Panel, November 2018

Medical Policy Group, December 2018 (4): Updates to Key Points, Approved by Governing Bodies, and References.  No change to policy statement.

Medical Policy Panel, November 2019

Medical Policy Group, November 2019 (5): Updates to Description, Key Points, Practice Guidelines, Approved by Governing Bodies, and References. No change to Policy Statement.

Medical Policy Panel, December 2020

Medical Policy Group, December 2020 (5): Updates to Description, Key Points, Practice Guidelines and Position Statements, and References. Policy Statement updated to the following: There have been at least 2 recurrences that are refractory to standard antibiotic treatment. Available for comment December 22, 2020 through February 5, 2021.

 

 

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The following Association Technology Evaluation Criteria must be met for a service/supply to be considered for coverage:

1. The technology must have final approval from the appropriate government regulatory bodies;

2. The scientific evidence must permit conclusions concerning the effect of the technology on health outcomes;

3. The technology must improve the net health outcome;

4. The technology must be as beneficial as any established alternatives;

5. The improvement must be attainable outside the investigational setting.

 

Medical Necessity means that health care services (e.g., procedures, treatments, supplies, devices, equipment, facilities or drugs) that a physician, exercising prudent clinical judgment, would provide to a patient for the purpose of preventing, evaluating, diagnosing or treating an illness, injury or disease or its symptoms, and that are:

1. In accordance with generally accepted standards of medical practice; and

2. Clinically appropriate in terms of type, frequency, extent, site and duration and considered effective for the patient’s illness, injury or disease; and

3. Not primarily for the convenience of the patient, physician or other health care provider; and

4. Not more costly than an alternative service or sequence of services at least as likely to produce equivalent therapeutic or diagnostic results as to the diagnosis or treatment of that patient’s illness, injury or disease.