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Update for electrical stimulation of the spine
October 18, 2022

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts covers electrical stimulation of the spine devices as described in medical policy 498: Electrical Stimulation of the Spine as an Adjunct to Spinal Fusion Procedures. As previously announced, we're updating this medical policy, effective November 14, 2022, to further clarify which diagnoses we cover for these services. 

Policy change summary Effective date Products affected Provider actions required
Enforcement update.
Diagnoses codes list added. New diagnoses-to-CPT codes edit implemented. Policy criteria unchanged.
November 14, 2022 Commercial No action required.

As a reminder, the medical policy describes conditions that must be met for the device to be covered for our commercial members.

Additional information

  • We are updating our claim system to reflect the covered diagnoses included in the policy. This helps reduce claims we review after they’ve processed and paid.