National Coverage Determination (NCD)

Diathermy Treatment


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Tracking Information

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Manual Section Title
Diathermy Treatment
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Effective Date of this Version
Implementation Date

Description Information

Benefit Category
Incident to a physician's professional Service
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

High energy pulsed wave diathermy machines have been found to produce some degree of therapeutic benefit for essentially the same conditions and to the same extent as standard diathermy. Accordingly, where the Medicare Administrative Contractor’s medical staff has determined that the pulsed wave diathermy apparatus used is one which is considered therapeutically effective, the treatments are considered a covered service, but only for those conditions for which standard diathermy is medically indicated and only when rendered by a physician or incident to a physician’s professional services.

(This NCD last reviewed June 2006.)

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Transmittal Information

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Revision History

09/1989 - Deleted reference to Diapulse or any other brand names. Effective date 10/10/1989. (TN 42)

03/2006 - Deleted coding information. Effective date: 06/19/2006. (TN 48) (CR4278)

Additional Information

Other Versions
Title Version Effective Between
Diathermy Treatment 2 06/19/2006 - N/A You are here
Diathermy Treatment 1 10/10/1989 - 06/19/2006 View