tci Part B Insider - 2012 Issue 31

Reader Question: 'H' Wave And 'F' Wave Aren't Interchangeable

Question: How do we code when our physician prescribes an H-wave device for electrical stimulation for post-operative pain? Is it the same as an F-wave study (95903)?Tennessee SubscriberAnswer: No. H-wave stimulation is a distinct form of electrical stimulation used to treat pain. When your physician performs H-wave stimulation, you bill using the nonspecific CPT® code 97014 (Application of a modality to 1 or more areas; electrical stimulation [unattended]). Be aware that Medicare uses alternate HCPCS codes to report unattended electrical stimulation -- G0283 (Electrical stimulation (unattended), to one or more areas for indication(s) other than wound care, as...

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