CORRECT CODING – VIBRATION THERAPY DEVICES
Vibration therapy is the application of a vibratory stimulation to the body. It can be applied as in a variety of ways, ranging from whole-body vibration to stimulation of local areas such as joints, hands, face, etc. (not all-inclusive). It is promoted as a treatment for numerous conditions such as arthritis, joint swelling, headache, neuropathic pain, restless legs, etc. (not all-inclusive).
Equipment which is primarily and customarily used for a nonmedical purpose may not be considered “medical” equipment for which payment can be made under the Medicare program. This is true even though the item has some remote medically related use. Vibration devices are considered to be massage modalities. As such they are not eligible to be classified as Durable Medical Equipment. Claims for these items must be coded using:
- A9270: Non-Covered Item or Service
For questions about correct coding, contact the PDAC Contact Center at (877)735-1326 during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday, or e-mail the PDAC by completing the DME PDAC Contact Form located on the PDAC web site: https://www.dmepdac.com/
Published by Noridian as the PDAC, September 2014. Republished by Palmetto GBA as the PDAC, February 2019. Please note that links in this document were accurate at the time of original publication and may change over time and are no longer active