Medicare Fraud Related to Dry Needling

It is a violation of Federal law when unqualified practitioners of acupuncture, such as physical therapists, submit a claim for payment to Medicare for dry needling disguised, for example, as electrical stimulation (Current Procedural Terminology [CPT] code 97032), therapeutic exercises (CPT code 97110), neuromuscular reeducation (CPT code 97112), or manual therapy (CPT code 97140). See 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729–3733.

Dry needling is acupuncture; Medicare does not cover acupuncture [1].

To report Medicare fraud, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. You may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.


  1. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Your Medicare benefits. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Revised 2017 Jan.