H-wave Electrical Stimulation

Section: Durable Medical Equipment
Effective Date: November 01, 2019
Revised Date: October 02, 2019
Last Reviewed: September 26, 2019


H-wave stimulation is a form of electrical stimulation that differs from other forms of electrical stimulation, such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), in terms of its wave form. H-wave stimulation has been used for the treatment of pain related to a variety of etiologies, such as diabetic neuropathy, muscle sprains, temporomandibular joint dysfunctions or reflex sympathetic dystrophy. H-wave stimulation has also been used to accelerate healing of wounds, such as diabetic ulcers.


H-wave stimulation is considered experimental/investigational and therefore, non-covered.  Review of available literature reveals a lack of controlled clinical trials that prove the effectiveness of the device. As such, the H-wave device used in the home and H-wave stimulation performed in the provider’s office are non-covered.

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