National Coverage Determination (NCD)

Multiple Electroconvulsive Therapy (MECT)


Expand All | Collapse All

Tracking Information

Publication Number
Manual Section Number
Manual Section Title
Multiple Electroconvulsive Therapy (MECT)
Version Number
Effective Date of this Version
Implementation Date

Description Information

Benefit Category
Physicians' Services

Please Note: This may not be an exhaustive list of all applicable Medicare benefit categories for this item or service.

Indications and Limitations of Coverage

The clinical effectiveness of the multiple-seizure electroconvulsive therapy has not been verified by scientifically controlled studies. In addition, studies have demonstrated an increased risk of adverse effects with multiple seizures. Accordingly, MECT cannot be considered reasonable and necessary and is not covered by the Medicare program.

Transmittal Information

Transmittal Number
Revision History

01/2003 - Delineated noncoverage policy for this treatment. Effective and implementation dates 04/01/2003. (TN 166) (CR 2499)

National Coverage Analyses (NCAs)

This NCD has been or is currently being reviewed under the National Coverage Determination process. The following are existing associations with NCAs, from the National Coverage Analyses database.

Additional Information

Other Versions
Title Version Effective Between
Multiple Electroconvulsive Therapy (MECT) 1 04/01/2003 - N/A You are here