Strapping and Taping Not Covered by Cigna for All Body Parts
Cigna has a medical coverage policy on strapping and taping that has implications for suppliers and providers of outpatient physical and occupational therapy services.In this medical coverage policy, Cigna defines when strapping is and is not medically necessary.
Cigna considers strapping medically necessary for the management of immobilization of a joint and restriction of movement with strapping tape (i.e., rigid, non-elastic or non-stretchy therapeutic tape) for the following indications:
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We tried to bill for strapping codes and the claims were denied because the care was billed by a Physical Therapist, not by an M.D.
It was not through just one policy that may have specific restrictions. It was done for several patients and all were denied.
You need to check with each insurance carrier to see if they pay for the strapping codes if provided under a PT and/or OT plan of care.