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Billing and Coding: CPT Code 97755 - Assistive Technology Assessment


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Billing and Coding: CPT Code 97755 - Assistive Technology Assessment
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Billing and Coding
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CMS National Coverage Policy

Title XVIII of the Social Security Act (SSA), §1833(e) prohibits Medicare payment for any claim lacking the necessary documentation to process the claim

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Article Text

CPT® code 97755, assistive technology assessment (for example, to restore, augment or compensate for an existing function, optimize functional tasks and/or maximize environmental accessibility), direct 1-on-1 contact with written report, each 15 minutes, is related to the following local coverage determinations (LCDs):

· Outpatient Physical Therapy (L34428)
· Outpatient Occupational Therapy (L34427)
· Home Health-Occupational Therapy (L34560)
· Home Health-Physical Therapy (L34564)

This is an assessment code, per each 15 minutes, and must be accompanied by a written report explaining the nature and complexity of the assistive technology needed by the patient. This can include: testing multiple components/systems to determine optimal interface between client and technology applications and determining the appropriateness of commercial (off the shelf) components/systems. If the service provided by a physical or occupational therapist is more clearly defined by another CPT® code (for example, 97535 self-care/home management training), it should be used instead.

It would be inappropriate to use the CPT® code 97755 for services other than for those who have lost the use of their limbs and who can benefit from new technology advancements. CPT® 97755 should only be billed by occupational and physical therapists that have the additional knowledge and expertise of the assistive technology that is required for these individuals.

For rationale, clinical example and description of CPT® 97755, please refer to CPT® 2004 Changes: An Insider's View, American Medical Association (2003©).

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Revision History Information

Revision History DateRevision History NumberRevision History Explanation
05/19/2022 R9

Under CMS National Coverage Policy added the regulation “Title XVIII of the Social Security Act (SSA), §1833(e) prohibits Medicare payment for any claim lacking the necessary documentation to process the claim.” CPT® was inserted throughout the article where applicable. Formatting, punctuation and typographical errors were corrected throughout the article.

10/10/2019 R8

This article is being revised in order to adhere to CMS requirements per chapter 13, section 13.5.1 of the Program Integrity Manual, to remove all coding from LCDs and incorporate into related Billing and Coding Articles.

02/08/2018 R7

Under Associated Contract Numbers added contract number 1104 as this was inadvertently omitted.

At this time 21st Century Cures Act will apply to new and revised LCDs that restrict coverage which requires comment and notice. This revision is not a restriction to the coverage determination; and, therefore not all the fields included on the LCD are applicable as noted in this policy.


01/29/2018 R6 The Jurisdiction "J" Part A Contracts for Alabama (10111), Georgia (10211) and Tennessee (10311) are now being serviced by Palmetto GBA. The notice period for this article begins on 12/14/17 and ends on 01/28/18. Effective 01/29/18, these three contract numbers are being added to this article. No coverage, coding or other substantive changes (beyond the addition of the 3 Part A contract numbers) have been completed in this revision.
01/26/2017 R5 Annual validation performed-no changes made.
01/28/2016 R4 Under Article Text italicized language quoted from the CPT 2004 Changes: An Insider’s View, American Medical Association (2003 ©) and deleted “is” from the third sentence of the second paragraph.
10/01/2015 R3 Under Article Text deleted “by provider” in the first paragraph. The home health local coverage determinations titles listed in the first paragraph were corrected. In the second paragraph, the description was cited for CPT code 97535. The title of the reference cited in the fourth paragraph was corrected. Under CPT/HCPCS Codes deleted CPT code 97535.
10/01/2015 R2 Annual Validation
10/01/2015 R1 Article verification

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  • Assistive Technology
  • Therapy
  • Home Health
  • Outpatient
  • PT
  • OT
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy