Dry needling is acupuncture , which is not a covered service under Medicare .
The use of an acupuncture needle with or without the passage of electrical current through this needle is not a covered service under Medicare .
It is a violation of Federal law when physical therapists or other providers 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) .
To report allegations of Medicare fraud relating to dry needling, call the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG) at 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477). TTY users can call 1-800-377-4950.
Yellow Emperor’s inner classic (traditional Chinese: 黃帝內經; pinyin: Huáng Dì nèi jīng). (China); compiled in the first century BCE.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Medicare & You. Baltimore (MD): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; 2017 Nov.