HNS Policy 

 

According to the AMA CPT Assistant, if Kinesio taping is performed to facilitate movement by providing support, and the tape is applied specifically to enable less painful use of the joint and greater function, (restricting in some movement, facilitating in others), application of the tape in this manner is typically part of neuromuscular re-education (97112) or therapeutic exercises (97110), depending on the intent and the outcome desired.  In these cases, the application of the tape would be included in the time spent in direct contact with the patient and would not be appropriately billed using strapping codes.  However, if the purpose of the taping is to immobilize the joint, then the strapping codes may be appropriate as these codes describe the use of a strap or other reinforced material applied post-fracture (or other injury) to immobilize the joint.  This includes Kinesio taping or McConnell taping techniques.

 

Any time taping is done, the health care record must clearly document the specific reasons for, and location of, the taping.  If the service that includes the taping is billed to a payor, the taping must be consistent with the documented chief complaint / clinical examination findings, diagnosis and treatment plan.

 

Important Note: BCBSNC considers Kinesio Taping investigational,so it is NON-covered for your BCBS patients.