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Dry Needling-CB

Lina Posted Wed 25th of March, 2015 14:36:48 PM

Our primary care physician is interested in performing dry needling for pain. Can you tell me the correct CPT codes for this

Lina Posted Wed 25th of March, 2015 14:47:23 PM

Also is it covered by Mississippi Medicare

SuperCoder Answered Thu 26th of March, 2015 02:39:30 AM

You can code unlisted CPT code 97139 for unlisted therapeutic procedure when specified as dry needling.

Number of the state regulatory boards have stated that dry needling is within the physical therapist scope of practice provided that the physical therapist has the additional education and training to perform dry needling and is competent to do so. A number of state regulatory boards have adopted regulations or published guidelines outlining education and competency standards for physical therapists performing dry needling, including Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Three states, Arizona, Georgia, and Utah have dry needling specifically listed under the definition of the practice of physical therapy in their states’ physical therapy statute and are in the process of developing competency guidelines.

SuperCoder Answered Thu 26th of March, 2015 02:40:34 AM

More info:
As of April 2014, states that have issued pinions affirming that dry needling is within the physical therapist scope of practice include, but are not limited to, Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire,New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, *Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee,Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Five state boards — Idaho, Kansas, Idaho, New York, , and South Dakota, — have stated it is not within the scope of practice. It is not part of the scope of practice in Hawaii, as the Hawaii physical therapy statute contains language prohibiting physical therapists from puncturing the skin for any purpose.

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