27096 Injection procedure for sacroiliac joint, anesthetic/steroid, with image guidance (fluoroscopy or CT) including arthrography when performed
BCBS of Kansas has updated its policy, limiting how they will pay for SI injections.
BCBS of KS POLICY reads:
A. Injection into the sacroiliac joint for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes may be considered medically necessary when all of the following conditions are met:
- Pain originates from the sacroiliac joint; and
- Duration of pain of at least 3 months; and
- Average pain level of ≥ 6 on a scale of 1 to 10; and
- Failure to respond to more conservative management including physical therapy and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents; and
- Lack of obvious evidence for disc related or facet joint pain
- The injections are performed under radiographic guidance
- Repeat injections are to be no more frequent than every 2 months
- Repeat injections extending beyond 12 months may be reviewed for continued medical necessity
B. Sacroiliac injection is considered experimental / investigational for all other indications.
C. Arthrography of the sacroiliac joint is considered experimental / investigational.
D. Radiofrequency ablation of the sacroiliac joint is considered experimental / investigational.
E. Fusion / stabilization of the sacroiliac joint for the treatment of back pain presumed to originate from the SI joint is considered experimental / investigational, including but not limited to percutaneous and minimally invasive techniques.
|720.2||Sacroiliitis, not elsewhere classified||724.3||Sciatica|
|724.00||Spinal stenosis, unspecified region other than cervical||724.4||Thoracic or lumbosacral neuritis or radiculitis, unspecified|
|724.01||Spinal stenosis of thoracic region||724.5||Unspecified backache|
|724.02||Spinal stenosis of lumbar region, without neurogenic claudication||724.6||Disorders of sacrum|
|724.03||Spinal stenosis of lumbar region, with neurogenic claudication||724.70||Unspecified disorder of coccyx|
|724.09||Spinal stenosis, other region other than cervical||724.71||Hypermobility of coccyx|
|724.1||Pain in thoracic spine||724.79||Other disorder of coccyx|
|724.2||Lumbago||724.8||Other symptoms referable to back|
|724.9||Other unspecified back disorders|
CMS has a broader list of covered diagnosis codes. Basically the only ones acceptable to both are in bold print.
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