Local Coverage Article Billing and Coding

Billing and Coding: Trigger Point Injections

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Article Title
Billing and Coding: Trigger Point Injections
Article Type
Billing and Coding
Original Effective Date
07/25/2019
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10/17/2019
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Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, §1833(e) states that no payment shall be made to any provider for any claim which lacks the necessary information to process the claim.

 

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The information in this article contains billing, coding or other guidelines that complement the Local Coverage Determination (LCD) for Trigger Point Injections L37635.

More than four (4) trigger point injections in a year's time will not be covered.

If a patient requires more than four (4) procedures of either CPT codes 20552 or 20553 during one year, a report stating the unusual circumstances and medical necessity for giving the additional injections must be documented in the patient's medical record and made available to the A/B MAC upon request.

 

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20552 INJECTION(S); SINGLE OR MULTIPLE TRIGGER POINT(S), 1 OR 2 MUSCLE(S)
20553 INJECTION(S); SINGLE OR MULTIPLE TRIGGER POINT(S), 3 OR MORE MUSCLES
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10/17/2019 R2

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. Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, §1833(e) was removed from the CMS National Coverage Policy section of the related Trigger Point Injections L37635 LCD and placed in this article. Under Article Text added last paragraph.

07/25/2019 R1

All coding located in the Coding Information section has been removed from the related Trigger Point Injections L37635 LCD and added to this article.

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Associated Documents

Medicare BPM Ch 15.50.2 SAD Determinations
Medicare BPM Ch 15.50.2
Related Local Coverage Documents
LCDs
L37635 - Trigger Point Injections
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Keywords

  • Trigger
  • Injections