I just got off the phone with a chiropractor who said that Medicare (DMERC) requested back all of the monies that he and others had been paid for claims that they had submitted for foot levelers using HCPCS code L3020. Foot Levelers are custom-made inserts that are placed in your shoe to help improve your body’s balance, posture, and alignment. Many chiropractors offer them to patients and do the scans right in their office. They send the images out to Foot Levelers (the company) and the inserts are sent back to the chiropractor. They then provide the inserts to the patient. If the patient has medical insurance it can be billed. Medicare has been reimbursing for the services.
Now they are stating that the code, L3020 is not appropriate for what the patient is being supplied with (the inserts) and that a chiropractor cannot prescribe them. They state that they must be prescribed by an MD or DO.
So far we’ve only heard this from one dr, but he states that he’s aware of others that have also received similar requests. He is planning on fighting the decision and is currently researching it.
Anyone else come across this issue yet?