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Coding => Coding => Topic started by: Carlsbadmom1 on January 13, 2021, 02:41:04 PM

Title: Coding for MAT Muscle Activation Therapy
Post by: Carlsbadmom1 on January 13, 2021, 02:41:04 PM
Has anyone coded for MAT - muscle activation therapy? It's similar to what a chiropractor does -- body alignment -- but through manipulation and activation of muscles. I need a code before my insurance will consider covering it. Thank you.
Title: Re: Coding for MAT Muscle Activation Therapy
Post by: Michele on January 14, 2021, 11:43:39 AM
I have not heard of MAT and when I research it nothing comes up.  I'm assuming it's a fairly new thing?
Title: Re: Coding for MAT Muscle Activation Therapy
Post by: Carlsbadmom1 on January 14, 2021, 03:34:19 PM
It's actually been around for a while -- 20 years. A number of physical therapists and trainers have adopted MAT techniques. Here is its website: http://muscleactivation.com/
As someone who goes regularly, I'd like to see if my insurance will cover these sessions. They (United Healthcare) sent me on a search for a billing code as the first step. I was hoping there was one -- or something that would encompass it. Thank you.
Title: Re: Coding for MAT Muscle Activation Therapy
Post by: Michele on January 15, 2021, 09:29:09 AM
Wow, it's been around that long and no cpt code?  Can the therapist use one of the other cpt codes for PT?  Or is it your chiropractor that is trying to bill.  DCs will have a harder time because most insurances only pay the manipulation or consider the other services part of the manipulation.  But if it's a PT then they could try one of the other PT codes. 
Title: Re: Coding for MAT Muscle Activation Therapy
Post by: Carlsbadmom1 on January 15, 2021, 12:53:48 PM
What PT would you recommend? My MAT practitioner is not associated with a chiropractor.  It truly is manipulation to get muscles working actively and evenly on both sides of the body. Thank you. I appreciate the help.
Title: Re: Coding for MAT Muscle Activation Therapy
Post by: Michele on January 17, 2021, 05:45:13 PM
Well I'm not familiar with the service, but something like 97110 - therapeutic exercise, or 97112 - therapeutic procedure one or more areas might be appropriate.  The person performing the service would have to decide if either of those codes describe the service.  There is also 97039 - unlisted modality, or 97799 - unlisted physical medicine/rehabilitation service.  But the unlisted codes do not usually qualify for reimbursement.