How to Code for Low-Level Laser Therapy

posted by Apollo Lasers on Friday, August 14, 2015

As low-level laser therapy becomes more popular, practitioners are facing a common challenge: How should they code for the treatment? 

Currently, there is no dedicated CPT code for LLLT. Some practitioners work around that by making LLLT a cash-only service, but that practice could be putting the therapy outside the reach of some patients and practitioners could be missing out since some insurance companies will pay for it. 

When coding for LLLT, practitioners should make sure to use a code that falls in the correct category and include a one-page statement describing the treatment and the therapy. Several codes are thus available within the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation categories and in the Attended Electrical Stimulation category.

But if you are still in doubt, ask: A quick call to the insurer can help clarify their policies on LLLT. 

Coding for low level laser therapy can be simple despite lack of a dedicated CPT code.

Many DCs find that adding low level laser therapy (LLLT) to their practice helps provide more comprehensive care for patients as well as increases profits. LLLT can be used to effectively treat inflammation, for pain management and to treat a variety of wounds and injuries.

To bill or not to bill

Many chiropractors choose to make it a cash-only service. Several insurance companies classify the treatment as experimental, despite the fact that there have been many studies showing that LLLT is effective for a range of conditions. Making it a cash-only service removes the burden of attempting to collect from insurance companies.

Unfortunately, going the cash-only route may put LLLT out of some patients’ reach, and not all insurance companies deny payment for LLLT in all instances. It may be worth your time to bill for it. The problem, however, is which Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code should be used as LLLT does not yet have a dedicated code.

This article excerpt, by Dava Stewart, originally appeared here:


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