AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2003 Issue 1; FOR your INFORMATION

Electrical stimulation for the treatment of wounds

A recent program memorandum (PM), Transmittal AB-02-161, issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided information regarding coverage and billing requirements for the use of electrical stimulation for the treatment of wounds. Medicare will cover electrical stimulation for the treatment of chronic Stage III or Stage IV pressure ulcers, arterial ulcers, diabetic ulcers, and venous stasis ulcers, for services performed on or after April 1, 2003. The electrical stimulation treatment will not be covered however as an initial treatment modality. Medicare will not cover all other uses of electrical stimulation for the treatment of wounds. If...

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