Rule 5160-10-15 | DMEPOS: transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) units.
(1) "Accessories" is a collective term that encompasses but is not necessarily limited to the following items:
(c) Additional connecting cable for lead wires;
(d) Carrying pouches; and
(2) "Supplies" is a collective term that encompasses but is not necessarily limited to the following items:
(a) Electrodes of any type;
(b) Lead wires;
(c) Conductive paste or gel;
(e) Adhesive remover;
(f) Skin preparation materials;
(g) Batteries; and
(h) Battery charger for rechargeable batteries.
(B) Provider requirement. A provider of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) units must have a physical location available for face-to-face fitting and instruction purposes.
(1) Payment may be made for a TENS unit on a rental/purchase basis.
(2) The default certificate of medical necessity (CMN) form is the ODM 03402, "Certificate of Medical Necessity: Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) Units" (rev. 7/2018). The CMN must include one of the following statements of need:
(a) For neurogenic pain, the following information:
(i) An attestation that the individual is experiencing intractable, nerve-related pain that has lasted at least six months;
(ii) An appropriate supporting diagnosis; and
(iii) An attestation that the use of a comparable TENS unit for a trial period of at least thirty days produced substantial relief from pain and, if applicable, enabled a significant reduction in medication (e.g., muscle relaxants, narcotics, analgesics); or
(b) For post-operative pain, the following information:
(i) An attestation that treatment lasting no longer than thirty days is needed for acute pain following surgery; and
(ii) The date of surgery.
(3) Payment may be made for the purchase of a TENS unit if the prescriber attests to the medical necessity of continued treatment.
(4) After a TENS unit has been purchased for an individual, regardless of payment source, separate payment may be made for necessary supplies, which must be dispensed only when they are needed, at a frequency not to exceed once per month. The payment made for supplies is an all-inclusive lump sum and does not depend on the number or nature of items in a particular shipment. No separate payment is allowed for individual supply items.
(5) After a TENS unit has been purchased, no separate payment is allowed for accessories.
(D) Requirements, constraints, and limitations.
(1) A diagnosis of "chronic intractable pain" is not in itself sufficient to warrant coverage.
(2) Rental of a TENS unit to treat intractable, nerve-related pain is limited to four months.
(3) Rental of a TENS unit to treat post-operative pain is limited to a single thirty-day period and may not be extended.
(4) The warranty period for a purchased TENS unit is two years from the date of delivery.
(5) Payment may be made for the rental or purchase of a used TENS unit only if the particular unit was previously used by the individual for whom it is currently prescribed.
(6) Payment for a TENS unit does not indicate or imply coverage of a conductive TENS garment.
(7) Payment is limited to the maximum amount for a two-lead unit unless the provider obtains and maintains documentation in the individual's file establishing the medical necessity of a four-lead unit.
(8) The medical necessity of a TENS unit not purchased by the department must be established before payment is made for supplies or repair.
(E) Claim payment. The lump-sum payment for TENS supplies is twenty-five dollars.