Impact on Medicare Compliance as CMS Begins Covering Acupuncture
On January 21, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced via a Decision Memo that, for the first time beyond clinical trials, it will begin covering acupuncture under certain circumstances. CMS’s coverage for acupuncture will be limited to the treatment of chronic lower back pain (cLBP). For purposes of coverage, cLBP is defined in the memo as: lasting 12 weeks or longer, having no identifiable systemic cause, and not associated with surgery or pregnancy. All ...
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