Nov 1st, 2012
By Kim Cohee, PT, MS, MBA, DPT, OCS Physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) service modalities are divided into two categories: “supervised” and “constant attendance.” Modalities are typically defined as physical agents intended to effect therapeutic changes (using thermal, acoustic, mechanical, or electric energy). To report these services properly, you must understand the difference ...
In Billing
Jun 18th, 2012
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for chronic low back pain (CLBP) is not reasonable and necessary, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said in a final decision memo released June 8. CMS first announced it was reconsidering coverage of TENS for CLBP in a proposed decision memo published March 13. Throwing advocates of ...
In Billing
Mar 16th, 2012
The medical necessity of a long-standing Medicare-covered service is being reconsidered. On March 13, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed decision memo for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for chronic low back pain (CAG-00429N). According to the memo, the Therapeutic and Technology Assessment Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology ...