DME MAC Joint Publication

The Cefaly® device (Cefaly Technology) is a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS) that is applied to the forehead using a self-adhesive electrode positioned bilaterally over the upper branches of the trigeminal nerve. The Cefaly® device is intended to stimulate the upper branches of the trigeminal nerve and has received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the prophylactic treatment of episodic migraine headache.

Items that serve a prevention or precautionary purpose are non-covered by Medicare.  The correct code for Cefaly® is:

A9270 – Noncovered item or service.

For questions about correct coding, contact the PDAC Contact Center at (877) 735-1326 during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday, or e-mail the PDAC by completing the DME PDAC Contact Form.


Published by Noridian as the PDAC, October 2014 and retired by December 2018. Republished by Palmetto GBA as the PDAC, February 2019.  Please note that links in this document were accurate at the time of original publication and may change over time and are no longer active.


Last Updated: 10/08/2014