Billing Electrotherapy with AcuKnee

January 9th, 2018 - Christine Woolstenhulme
Categories:   CPT® Coding   HCPCS Coding   Diagnosis Coding  
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This code is commonly used to bill for AcuKnee products.  Per AcuKnee, “NMES and electrotherapy may be covered by most insurance providers, provided the following criteria are met;”

Documentation of chronic pain or muscle atrophy 3 months or longer

Must document improvement

Must have physician document medical necessity/Prescription

Appropriate authorization from your insurance provider

Suggested codes when billing 

64550 initial electrotherapy education and placement

E0720 Electrotherapy unit itself

E0731 Garment for placement — document complex electrode placement

E0770 Electrotherapy unit for muscle stimulation, complete system

AcuKnee is used to treat a number of conditions including:

  • Synovial membrane inflammation and cytokine production
  • Anticytokine therapy for osteoarthritis
  • Prevention of Posttraumatic Arthritis through Interleukin-1
  • Mild Electrical Stimulation with Heat Stimulation
  • Clinical and endocrinological changes after electro-acupuncture
  • Acupuncture and Osteoarthritis of the Knee
  • The effectiveness of pulsed electrical stimulation (E-PES)
  • Experimental study of low-frequency electroacupuncture
  • Effects of electro-acupuncture
  • Effects of electroacupuncture on synovia free radicals in rabbits knee OA
  • WebMD Alternative to Knee Osteoarthritis Treatment

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