Hyperbaric Medicine - Medical Diagnosis & Insurance Coverage
The Hyperbaric Medicine Program employs the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Societys (UHMS) protocols to evaluate patients for the appropriate utilization of this therapy.
The UHMS sanctions the following list of diagnoses for HBO 2 therapy.
Medical diagnosis for which hyperbaric oxygen therapy is indicated:
· air or gas embolism
· decompression sickness
· carbon monoxide poisoning
· severe blood loss anemia
· selected problem wounds
· severe diabetic foot ulcers
· clostridial myositis and myonecrosis (gas gangrene)
· compromised skin grafts or flaps
· severe crush injuries w/open fractures
· acute compartment syndromes
· chronic refractory osteomyelitis
· delayed radiation injuries (soft tissue and bony necrosis)
· necrotizing soft tissue infections
· intracranial abscess
· thermal burns
· refractory actinomycosis
These indications are also recognized by Medicare/Medicaid (CMS) and most health insurance providers. The treatment for diabetic foot ulcers was added to the list of reimbursable indications in 2002.
For more information regarding insurance, visit the Patient Financial Services website.