HNS Policy  


According to the AMA CPT Assistant, if Kinesio taping is performed to facilitate movement by providing support, and the tape is applied specifically to enable less painful use of the joint and greater function, (restricting in some movement, facilitating in others), application of the tape in this manner is typically part of neuromuscular re-education (97112) or therapeutic exercises (97110), depending on the intent and the outcome desired.  In these cases, the application of the tape would be included in the time spent in direct contact with the patient and would not be appropriately billed using strapping codes.  (In other words, the taping is considered inclusive to both 97112 and 97110, and as such, would not be separately reported.


However, if the purpose of the taping is to immobilize the joint, then the strapping codes may be appropriate as these codes describe the use of a strap or other reinforced material applied post-fracture (or other injury) to immobilize the joint. If this is the purpose of the taping, it would be appropriate to bill a taping/strapping code. (This includes Kinesio taping or McConnell taping techniques.)


Documentation: Any time taping is done, the health care record must clearly document the specific reasons for, and location of, the taping, and the record must clearly document the taping is consistent with the documented chief complaint / objective clinical examination findings, diagnosis and treatment plan.


Note:  BCBSNC considers Kinesio Taping investigational, so it is NON-covered for your BCBS patients.