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New for 2023: Acupuncture CPT Codes for Medical Billing

 

Did you know that roughly 30% of medical billing claims are rejected? That’s a significant chunk of your overall healthcare revenue cycle that will cost you in the short and long run. These claims might be rejected for a few reasons – a key one which is inaccurate coding.

That’s why it’s essential for your acupuncture practice to leverage current CPT codes that accurately reflect the services rendered. Having to rework claims results in costly reimbursement delays plus it takes up your time and energy!

If your holistic practice continues to make mistakes with acupuncture CPT codes, you can have increased denial rates and declining insurance reimbursements, which could put your practice at risk. Accurate acupuncture CPT codes and billing practices can help ensure your holistic practice reaches its full revenue potential.

We want to help reduce your medical billing stress, so we’ve compiled a handy reference list of the acupuncture CPT codes to use in 2023. Be sure to bookmark this page so you can easily access it!

Top 4 Essential Acupuncture Billing Codes for 2023

The bulk of the services you will bill to insurance will likely fall under four essential acupuncture CPT codes. Since acupuncture services are always billed in 15-minute increments, your practice will use one code for the initial 15 minutes of service and then a separate code for additional units of time. 

Your acupuncture CPT codes will only vary if you include electronic stimulation in your treatment.

  • 97810 Initial Acupuncture: Initial 15-minute insertion of needles, personal one-on-one contact with the patient. (Do not report in conjunction with 97813; use one or the other.)
  • 97811 Subsequent Unit of Acupuncture: Use one unit per each additional 15 minutes of personal one-on-one contact with the patient after the initial 15 minutes, with re-insertion of needles. (May be used in conjunction with either 97810 or 97813)
  • 97813 Initial Acupuncture with Electrical Stimulation: Initial 15-minute insertion of needles, personal one-on-one contact with the patient. (Do not report in conjunction with 97810; use one or the other.)
  • 97814 Subsequent Unit of Acupuncture with Electrical Stimulation: Use one unit per each additional 15 minutes of personal one-on-one contact with the patient, with re-insertion of needles. (May be used in conjunction with either 97810 or 97813)

Acupuncture CPT Codes for Medicare

January marks the three-year anniversary of Medicare expanding their coverage options to include acupuncture for treating chronic lower back pain. CPT codes related to billing Medicare for acupuncture treatments are as follows:

  • 97810: Acupuncture, one or more needles, without electrical stimulation, initial 15 minutes of personal one-on-one contact with the patient
  • 97811: Each additional 15 minutes of personal one-on-one contact with the patient, with re-insertion of needles
  • 97813: Acupuncture, one or more needles, with electrical stimulation, initial 15 minutes of personal one-on-one contact with the patient
  • 97814: Each additional 15 minutes of personal one-on-one contact with the patient, with re-insertion of needles
  • 20560: Services with needle insertion(s) without injection(s) of 1 or 2 muscle(s)
  • 20561: Services with needle insertion(s) without injection(s) of 3 or more muscle(s)

Prices will depend on the region of your holistic practice; look up specific codes based on your location here.

Acupuncture CPT Codes for Patients

Medical billing codes for patients can be broken down into two categories, new and returning patients:

2023 Billing Codes for New Patients

Use these acupuncture CPT codes for when your holistic practice receives new patients. As a reminder, a new patient is defined as a patient who hasn’t received professional services from you or another provider of the same specialty who has belonged to your practice within the past three years.

  • 99202 Evaluation/Management (Expanded): Presenting problems are of low to moderate severity; requires an expanded problem-focused history, an expanded problem-focused examination, and straightforward medical decision-making; the provider typically spends 20 minutes face-to-face with the patient
  • 99203 Evaluation/Management (Detailed): Presenting problems are of moderate severity; requires a detailed history, a detailed examination, and medical decision-making of low complexity; the provider typically spends 30 minutes face-to-face with the patient
  • 99204 Evaluation/Management (Comprehensive): Presenting problems are of moderate to high severity; requires a comprehensive history, a comprehensive examination, and medical decision-making of moderate complexity; the provider typically spends 45 minutes face-to-face with the patient

Billing Codes for Returning Patients

These CPT codes for acupuncture can be used for your established patients. Returning patients are those who have received any professional services from you or another provider of the same specialty who has belonged to your practice within the past three years.

  • 99212 Evaluation/Management (Limited): Presenting problems are self-limited or minor; requires a problem-focused history, a problem-focused examination, and straightforward decision-making; the provider typically spends 10 minutes face-to-face with the patient
  • 99213 Evaluation/Management (Expanded): Presenting problems are of low to moderate severity; requires an expanded problem-focused history, expanded problem-focused examination, and medical decision-making of low complexity; the provider typically spends 15 minutes face-to-face with the patient
  • 99214 Evaluation/Management (Detailed): Presenting problem(s) are of moderate to high severity; requires a detailed history, a detailed examination, and medical decision-making of moderate complexity; providers typically spend 25 minutes face-to-face with the patient

Medical Billing Codes for Physical Therapy Treatments

Acupuncture practices use a variety of treatments and modalities to help their patients; your practice may bill for the following:

  • 20550 & 20551 Tendon Injection: Single tendon injection for the treatment of fasciitis. Could include multiple injections into a single tendon sheath (CPT code 20550) or the tendon origin (CPT code 20551)
  • 20552 & 20553 Muscle Injection(s): Injections involving single or multiple trigger points. Could be used to treat one or two muscles (CPT code 20552) or three or more muscles (CPT code 20553)
  • 97010 Heat Therapy: Application of a modality to one or more areas; hot or cold packs
  • 97016 Cupping: The use of a vasopneumatic device may be considered reasonable and necessary for the application of pressure to an extremity for the purpose of reducing edema
  • 97026 Infrared Therapy: The application of infrared therapy is considered medically necessary for patients requiring the application of superficial heat in conjunction with other procedures or modalities to reduce or decrease pain/produce analgesia or reduce stiffness/tension, myalgia, spasm, or swelling
  • 97110 Therapeutic Exercise: One or more areas, every 15 minutes; therapeutic procedures to develop strength and endurance, range of motion, and flexibility with direct (one-on-one) patient contact
  • 97112 Neuromuscular Reeducation: Treatments to restore movement, balance, coordination, kinesthetic sense, posture, and/or proprioception for sitting and/or standing activities with direct (one-on-one) patient contact
  • 97140 Manual Therapy: Techniques such as mobilization and manipulation, manual lymphatic drainage, and manual traction, one or more regions, every 15 minutes with direct (one-on-one) patient contact
  • 97124 Massage Therapy: Includes effleurage, petrissage, and/or tapotement (stroking, compression, percussion) with direct (one-on-one) patient contact
  • 97530 Kinetic Activities: Use of dynamic activities to improve functional performance, every 15 minutes with direct (one-on-one) patient contact

Medicare Billing Codes for Principal Care Management (PCM) in 2023

Principal care management involves managing a single, complex chronic condition; the goal here is to deliver a focused treatment and management plan that addresses a patient’s chronic condition.

  • 99424: Principal Care Management performed by a physician or non-physician provider for 30 minutes per calendar month
  • 99425: Additional 30 minutes per calendar month
  • 99426: PCM performed by clinical staff under the direction of a physician or other qualified healthcare professional for 30 minutes per calendar month
  • 99427: Additional 30 minutes per calendar month

These codes will allow providers to report care management services for patients with chronic conditions, such as lower back pain, in an effort to improve monitoring these complex health problems.

Transform Your Medical Billing with HBS!

Balancing your acupuncture practice’s appointments, SOAP notes, billing and coding, all the while delivering care to your patients can be overwhelming. Save time, energy, and streamline your revenue cycle management by bundling your practice management with outsourced acupuncture insurance and Medicare billing!

As an experienced EMR and insurance billing provider for holistic practices, Holistic Billing Services can help your practice navigate the billing process to minimize denials and increase revenue. With a knowledgeable partner by your side, you can focus more on treating patients to help your acupuncture practice grow rather than worrying about insurance billing. 

To learn more about our acupuncture billing services, talk to one of our friendly billing and coding experts today!

December 29, 2022
 - by Antonio Arias, MBA, CHBME
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