Though knowledge about lymphedema and treatment options has drastically increased, reimbursement issues continue to hinder patients’ access to successful treatment.
Lymphedema, specifically related to breast cancer treatment, has garnered the attention of national associations and agencies, increasing the momentum of efforts to improve insurance coverage. This has led to legislative efforts that may eventually improve compensation.
KeywordsWound Care Current Procedural Terminology Code Massage Therapist Manual Lymph Drainage Legislative Effort
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