For the Week of September 19, 2016

Can you provide some examples of chest manipulations and the documentation required to report the applicable codes?

Chest manipulations are described in CPT with examples such as cupping, percussing and vibration to facilitate lung function by mobilization of sputum. These services must be documented as reasonable and necessary to be covered, and there must be evidence of the following:

  • Consistent with the nature and severity of the individual’s symptoms and diagnosis
  • Reasonable in terms of modality, amount, frequency and duration of treatment
  • Generally accepted by the professional community as being safe and effective treatment for the purpose used.