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Reimbursement
of time spent as long as it was 20 minutes or more. This description changes in 2020; CPT 99457 will account for the first
20 minutes spent during the month, and its add-on code (CPT
99458) has been introduced for each additional 20 minutes per
month spent performing this activity.

Dry Needling
"Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying
myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for
the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement
impairments. [It] is a technique used to treat dysfunctions in
skeletal muscle, fascia, and connective tissue, and to diminish
persistent peripheral nociceptive input, and reduce or restore
impairments in body structure and function, leading to improved activity and participation."1 Prior to 2020, there was
not a Category I CPT code that accurately represented dry needling. Two new codes have been introduced for 2020:
CPT 20560-Needle insertion(s) without injection(s);
1 or 2 muscle(s)
CPT 20561-Needle insertion(s) without injection(s);
3 or more muscles

Get More Information
These are just some of the 2020 CPT changes of interest to
podiatrists. APMA members should plan to attend the APMA
webinar, "CPT Changes for the New Year That You Need to
Know" on January 9, 2020, for the full list of pertinent changes.
Register at www.apma.org/Events/calendareventdetail.cfm?
EventID=108363. APMA Coding Resource Center subscribers
can find the complete list of CPT changes for 2020 by visiting
www.apmacodingrc.org.
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For further advice, contact the Health Policy and
Practice department at healthpolicy.hpp@apma.org.

References:
2020 CPT Professional. Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) is
copyright 1966, 1970, 1973, 1977, 1981, 1983-2019 by the American Medical Association. All rights reserved. CPT is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association (AMA).
1 APTA document. Description of Dry Needling in Clinical Practice: An
Educational Resource Paper. www.apta.org/StateIssues/DryNeedling

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