Medicare Covers Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator (TENS) ONLY for Back Pain
In June 8, 2012, CMS issued a Medicare National Coverage Determination (NCD) that allows coverage of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) for chronic low back pain (CLBP) only when the patient is enrolled in an approved clinical study within three years after the June 8, 2015 under coverage with evidence development (CED) that meets the criteria outlined below.
It only allows coverage for TENS use in the treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain (CLBP) only under specific conditions which are described in the NCD Manual, Pub. 100-03, chapter 1 Section 160.27.
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