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Electrical stimulation for xerostomia (022)

Number: 022 
(Revised)

 

Subject: Electrical stimulation for xerostomia

 

Reviewed: January 30, 2020

 

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Visit the CMS coverage database

 

See Medical Clinical Policy Bulletin 0302

 

Revision dates

 

Original policy: November 4, 2004
Updated: September 25, 2006, August 26, 2008; November 16, 2009; January 20, 2011; June 5, 2012; September 23, 2013; September 29, 2014; September 28, 2015; October 20, 2016; November 13, 2017
Revised: January 30, 2020

 

Medical Policy Bulletin #0302, May 20, 2019- This CPB has been revised to state that the following are considered experimental and investigational for the treatment of xerostomia: acupuncture-like transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (ALTENS), adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cell therapy, hyperbaric oxygen, and Venalot Depot (coumarin plus troxerutin).

 

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