Effective Relief from Chronic Pain

The TriMED TENS helps to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain that many live with every day.

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Get Relief from Chronic Pain

The TriMED TENS helps to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain that many live with every day.

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Effective Relief from Chronic Pain

The TriMED TENS helps to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain that many live with every day.

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Effective Relief from Chronic Pain

The TriMED TENS helps to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain that many live with every day.

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Effective Relief from Chronic Pain

The TriMED TENS helps to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain that many live with every day.

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Effective Relief from Chronic Pain

The TriMED TENS helps to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain that many live with every day.

Read more

Effective Relief from Chronic Pain

The TriMED TENS helps to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain that many live with every day.

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Effective Relief from Chronic Pain

The TriMED TENS helps to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain that many live with every day.

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Medicare

Medicare Requirements for TENS units
Therapeutic Resources, Inc. is Medicare accredited through Board of Certification/Accreditation.  BOC  is a nationally recognized accrediting body for providers of Durable Medical Equipment, Prostethetics, Orthotics and Supplies.

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What does accreditation mean to you?
Accreditation is a process in which is certification of competency, authority, or credibility is presented. By being accredited, Therapeutic Resources has proven it meets the requirements that Medicare has set forth in its 30 Standards for DME providers.  And, it further affirms our dedication to providing our customers with the best care and customer service possible.

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Medicare Requirements for TENS units
Medicare has strict guidelines to establish medical necessity for TENS units.  First, a person must have had a chronic pain condition for longer than three months.  The chronic pain condition must be documented in the patient’s medical record as well as other treatments that have been tried.  Please note that the TENS unit must be prescribed by a physician before the unit is dispensed.  Recently, Medicare has begun random pre-payment reviews for TENS unit purchases.  If a TENS unit claim is chosen for pre-payment review, we will need to provide chart notes from your medical providers to establish medical necessity of the TENS unit. If there is not sufficient documentation in the chart notes Medicare will deny the claim and the TENS unit will have to be returned.  Medicare requires at least a one month trial/rental of the TENS unit and will allow up to two months of trial/rental.  If, after the trial/rental period is over and the unit is effective in treating the patient’s chronic pain, the patient must then have a face-to-face appointment with their physician to discuss the unit’s effectiveness.  Then the doctor completes a Certificate of Medical Necessity stating that the TENS unit is medically necessary to treat the patient’s chronic pain. Once this requirment is met, Medicare will pay for the purchase of the TENS unit and 2 packages of electrodes every 30 days.  Please note that Therapeutic Resources is not contracted as a provider for all Managed Medicare plans.  Please call our office to discuss the specifics of your Medicare plan or other insurance.

Medicare does not cover TENS units for all types of chronic pain
Medicare excludes low back pain and associated diagnoses from TENS unit coverage unless the patient is involved in a clinical study.  Following is a list of diagnosis codes for low back pain and other similar diagnoses that Medicare says do not support medical necessity.

353.4 LUMBOSACRAL ROOT LESIONS NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED
720.2 SACROILIITIS NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED
721.3 LUMBOSACRAL SPONDYLOSIS WITHOUT MYELOPATHY
721.42 SPONDYLOSIS WITH MYELOPATHY LUMBAR REGION
722.10 DISPLACEMENT OF LUMBAR INTERVERTEBRAL DISC WITHOUT MYELOPATHY
722.52 DEGENERATION OF LUMBAR OR LUMBOSACRAL INTERVERTEBRAL DISC
722.73 INTERVERTEBRAL DISC DISORDER WITH MYELOPATHY LUMBAR REGION
722.83 POSTLAMINECTOMY SYNDROME OF LUMBAR REGION
722.93 OTHER AND UNSPECIFIED DISC DISORDER OF LUMBAR REGION
724.02 SPINAL STENOSIS, LUMBAR REGION, WITHOUT NEUROGENIC CLAUDICATION
724.03 SPINAL STENOSIS, LUMBAR REGION, WITH NEUROGENIC CLAUDICATION
724.2 LUMBAGO
724.3 SCIATICA
724.4 THORACIC OR LUMBOSACRAL NEURITIS OR RADICULITIS UNSPECIFIED
738.4 ACQUIRED SPONDYLOLISTHESIS
739.3 NONALLOPATHIC LESIONS OF LUMBAR REGION NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED
756.11 CONGENITAL SPONDYLOLYSIS LUMBOSACRAL REGION
756.12 SPONDYLOLISTHESIS CONGENITAL
805.4 CLOSED FRACTURE OF LUMBAR VERTEBRA WITHOUT SPINAL CORD INJURY
806.4 CLOSED FRACTURE OF LUMBAR SPINE WITH SPINAL CORD INJURY
846.0 LUMBOSACRAL (JOINT) (LIGAMENT) SPRAIN
846.1 SACROILIAC (LIGAMENT) SPRAIN
847.2 LUMBAR SPRAIN
953.2 INJURY TO LUMBAR NERVE ROOT