I am looking for the appropriate cpt code for this service. We have a table that is filled with water (enclosed) that has jet streams inside that pulse as the patient lays on the table. (the water is not touching the patient) It is used when a patient is unable to have intersegmental traction.
I would consult your payer on this one. There are two codes that may be applicable. It sounds like a form of Hydrotherapy. According to Aetna: Hydromassage is an unattended modality that provides relief from pain by using jets of warm water to massage the soft tissues of the body.” There are certain conditions that must met be met for Medical Necessity of course. This information Is related to Aetna’s Policy on “Dry Hydrotherapy (Hydromassage, Aquamassage, Water Massage).”
Again, I would refer you to the payer to determine coverage. It would be inappropriate to bill for 97022, whirlpool. This leaves you with two options, and unless your payer specifically states to report 97124 – therapeutic procedure, due to the fact I do not see any type of service or procedure for Hydromassage, I would suggest using the unlisted code 97039 with a report. Be sure and read the entire description to see what is required to use these codes.