TRANSCUTANEOUS ELECTRICAL NERVE STIMULATORS (TENS) SOLD OVER-THE-COUNTER – CODING GUIDELINES


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has several product classifications for TENS devices, one of which is designated for TENS devices that may be sold over-the-counter (OTC). OTC TENS are identified with FDA product code NUH. OTC TENS are not considered durable medical equipment (DME). OTC TENS must be coded using HCPCS code:

A9270 – Non-covered item or service

Contact the Pricing, Data Analysis and Coding (PDAC) contractor for more information about the correct coding for TENS.

Refer to the Supplier Manual, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation Devices LCD and Related Policy Article for additional information.

Published by Noridian as the PDAC, July 2013.  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note that links in this document were accurate at the time of original publication and may change over time and are no longer active.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: 07/23/2013