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Electrical Stimulation Devices for the Treatment of Arthritis

Section: Durable Medical Equipment
Effective Date: July 01, 2018
Revised Date: May 14, 2018
Last Reviewed: July 16, 2019


Electrical stimulation has been used as an adjunctive therapy to improve functional status and relieve pain related to osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis unresponsive to other standard therapies.


Coverage is subject to the specific terms of the member’s benefit plan.

Electrical stimulation devices for the treatment of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis (e.g., BioniCare Stimulator System – Bio-1000 System) are considered experimental/investigational and therefore non-covered. Scientific evidence does not support the efficacy of treatment with these devices.

Electrical Stimulation for the treatment of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis will deny as experimental/investigational due to the lack of long-term studies that demonstrate efficacy.

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