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Among the many provisions in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule are the following updates or additions to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT©) codes that physical therapists (PTs) often use to document their services.

New Dry Needling Codes

Two new codes are now used when a PT delivers dry needling. The code terminology for the procedure is "needle insertion without injection." They are:

  • 20560 — Needle insertion(s) without injection(s); 1 or 2 muscle(s)
  • 20561 — Needle insertion(s) without injection(s); 3 or more muscle(s)

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