Botox for Migraine Headaches

Botox for Migraine Headaches

March 14, 2019

Question:
When you inject Botox for migraine headaches, can you bill the injection code more than one time? We normally go about this as a cosmetic procedure, but I just wanted to look into this to see if I could bill out CPT code 64615 for each muscle group that is injected?

Answer:
The CPT language is very clear that all four muscle groups, on both sides, must be injected for a total of 8 injections. CPT 64615 states Chemodenervation of muscle(s); muscle(s) innervated by facial, trigeminal, cervical spinal and accessory nerves, bilateral (eg, for chronic migraine).  In your scenario, you will use 64615 and bill as 1 unit.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 3/14/19.

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