Technology Assessment

Pelvic Floor Electrical Stimulation in the Treatment of Adult Urinary Incontinence


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Pelvic Floor Electrical Stimulation (PFES) for urinary incontinence refers to the use of a non-implantable electrical device that delivers variable rates of current through the pelvic floor with the intent of strengthening pelvic floor musculature.

Currently, §65-9 (C) of the Coverage Issues Manual states that the effectiveness of these devices is unproven, and therefore cannot be covered under §1862(a)(1) of the Social Security Act as a "reasonable and necessary" treatment. HCFA is currently evaluating this issue to determine whether sufficient scientific evidence exists to allow for a reconsideration of this national policy.

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