BlueCross and BlueShield of Montana Medical Policy/Codes
Prosthetics, Except Lower Limb Prosthetics
Chapter: Durable Medical Equipment
Current Effective Date: February 15, 2014
Original Effective Date: October 13, 2011
Publish Date: November 15, 2013
Revised Dates: June 27, 2012; August 28, 2013; November 15, 2013

Prosthetics are artificial substitutes, which replace all or part of a body organ, or replace all or part of the function of a permanently inoperative, absent, or malfunctioning body part. 

Artificial joint repair and reconstruction is most often performed for joints that are damaged by arthritis or trauma. Although hip and knee replacements are the most common, other joints may also be replaced, including shoulders, elbows, wrists and fingers.

An implantable artificial urethral sphincter is used to treat urinary incontinence caused by sphincter dysfunction or injury. It consists of three interconnected parts:

  • A cuff implanted around the urethra,
  • A pressure-regulating balloon reservoir implanted near the bladder, and
  • A pump implanted in the scrotum or labia.

The cuff is inflated with saline, which closes the urethra. To urinate, the patient manually squeezes the pump to divert the fluid away from the cuff into the balloon reservoir, which allows the urethra to open. Usually, the cuff re-inflates on its own in a few minutes.

Upper Limb Prosthetics

Upper limb prostheses are used for amputations at any level from above the wrist to the shoulder. The primary goals of the upper limb prosthesis are to restore natural appearance and function. Achieving these goals also requires sufficient comfort and ease of use for continued acceptance by the wearer. The difficulty of achieving these diverse goals with an upper arm prosthesis increases as the level of amputation (i.e., hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder—and thus the complexity of joint movement) increases.

Upper limb prostheses are classified into three categories depending on the means of generating movement at the joints: passive, body-powered and electrically-powered movement. All three types of prostheses have been in use for over 30 years; each possesses unique advantages and disadvantages.

  • The passive prosthesis is the lightest of the three types and is described as the most comfortable. Since the passive prosthesis must be repositioned manually, typically by moving it with the opposite arm, it cannot restore function.
  • The body-powered prosthesis utilizes a body harness and cable system to provide functional manipulation of the elbow and hand. Voluntary movement of the shoulder and/or limb stump extends the cable and transmits the force to the terminal device. Prosthetic hand attachments, which may be claw-like devices that allow good grip strength and visual control of objects or latex-gloved devices that provide a more natural appearance at the expense of control, can be opened and closed by the cable system. Patient complaints with body-powered prostheses include harness discomfort, particularly the wear temperature, wire failure and the unattractive appearance.
  • Myoelectric prostheses use muscle activity from the remaining limb for the control of joint movement. Electromyographic (EMG) signals from the limb stump are detected by surface electrodes, amplified, and then processed by a controller to drive battery-powered motors that move the hand, wrist, or elbow. Although upper arm movement may be slow and limited to one joint at a time, myoelectric control of movement may be considered the most physiologically natural. Patient dissatisfaction with myoelectric prostheses includes the increased cost, maintenance (particularly for the glove) and weight (batteries and motors may add considerable weight and require sufficient strength to wear.)
  • Myoelectric hand attachments are similar in form to those offered with the body-powered prosthesis, but are battery-powered. An example of recently available technology is the Sensorhand™ by Otto Bock, which is described as having an AutoGrasp feature, an opening/closing speed of up to 300 mm/second, and advanced EMG signal processing. The iLIMB™ hand (Touch Bionics), sometimes referred to as the bionic hand, is the first commercially available myoelectric hand prosthesis with individually powered digits. ProDigits™, also from Touch Bionics, are prosthetic digits for one or more fingers in patients with amputation at a transmetacarpal level or higher. These may be covered by LIVINGSKIN™, a high-definition silicone prosthesis created to resemble a patient’s natural skin.
  • A hybrid system, a combination of body-powered and myoelectric components, may be used for high level amputations (at or above the elbow). Hybrid systems allow control of two joints at once (i.e., one body-powered and one myoelectric) and are generally lighter and less expensive than a prosthesis composed entirely of myoelectric components.

Technology in this area is rapidly changing, driven by advances in biomedical engineering and by the U.S. Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is funding a public and private collaborative effort on prosthetic research and development. Areas of development include the use of skin-like silicone elastomer gloves, “artificial muscles”, and sensory feedback. Smaller motors, microcontrollers, implantable myoelectric sensors and reinervation of remaining muscle fibers are being developed to allow fine movement control. Lighter batteries and newer materials are being incorporated into myoelectric prostheses to improve comfort.

Manufacturers must register prostheses with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) restorative devices branch and keep a record of any complaints, but do not have to undergo a full FDA review. Available myoelectric devices include ProDigits™ and i-LIMB™ (Touch Bionics), the Otto Bock myoelectric prosthesis (Otto Bock), the LTI Boston Digital Arm™ System (Liberating Technologies Inc.), and the Utah Arm Systems (Motion Control).

Additional Information and Terminology

Terminal devices are separated into four categories:  passive hands, split hooks, mechanical hands, and specialized tools.

Passive hand: no gripping action, but does provide functional value to the unilateral amputee as a holding and positioning aid.

Split hook: the most popular terminal device because it provides gripping and precise manipulation at its tip.

Mechanical hands: more cosmetic than hooks, but provide little real functional benefit.

Special tools: can be designed for a variety of activities, such as sports, or allowing attachment of hand tools or kitchen utensils.

Electronic terminal devices: come in hook styles, but are usually requested as hands; these have two functions: fast clasping and firm gripping.

Exoskeletal: a hard shell built up into the shape of the limb with a hollow center.

Endoskeletal: component parts covered with an external soft foam covering.

Typical below-elbow prosthesis: usually includes the following components: voluntary opening split hook, friction wrist, double-walled plastic laminate socket, flexible elbow hinge, single-control cable system, biceps or triceps cuff, and figure-of-8 harness. 

Typical above-elbow prosthesis: is similar, but substitutes an internal-locking elbow for the flexible elbow hinge, uses a dual control cable (instead of single control), and does not have a biceps or triceps cuff.


Each benefit plan, summary plan description or contract defines which services are covered, which services are excluded, and which services are subject to dollar caps or other limitations, conditions or exclusions.  Members and their providers have the responsibility for consulting the member's benefit plan, summary plan description or contract to determine if there are any exclusions or other benefit limitations applicable to this service or supply.  If there is a discrepancy between a Medical Policy and a member's benefit plan, summary plan description or contract, the benefit plan, summary plan description or contract will govern.


Myoelectric upper limb prosthetic components may be considered medically necessary when the following conditions are met:

  • The patient has an amputation or missing limb at the wrist or above (forearm, elbow, etc.); AND
  • Standard body-powered prosthetic devices cannot be used or are insufficient to meet the functional needs of the individual in performing activities of daily living; AND
  • The remaining musculature of the arm(s) contains the minimum microvolt threshold to allow operation of a myoelectric prosthetic device; AND
  • The patient has demonstrated sufficient neurological and cognitive function to operate the prosthesis effectively; AND
  • The patient is free of comorbidities that could interfere with function of the prosthesis (neuromuscular disease, etc.); AND
  • Functional evaluation indicates that with training, use of a myoelectric prosthesis is likely to meet the functional needs of the individual (e.g., gripping, releasing, holding, and coordinating movement of the prosthesis) when performing activities of daily living. This evaluation should consider the patient’s needs for control, durability (maintenance), function (speed, work capability), and usability.

A prosthesis with individually powered digits, including but not limited to a partial hand prosthesis, is considered experimental, investigational and unproven.

Myoelectric upper limb prosthetic components are considered not medically necessary under all other conditions.

Prosthetic appliances (except myoelectric prosthetics) may be considered medically necessary when prescribed by a qualified provider to replace absent or nonfunctioning parts of the body by an artificial substitute. Prosthetic appliances include, but are not limited to:

Surgical Prostheses:

  • Artificial joints necessary for joint repair and/or reconstructive surgery, except ankle replacement and intervertebral disc replacement*;
  • Artificial urethral sphincters for urinary incontinence;
  • Facial, ear, and nose prostheses, when necessary to correct absence or deformity that is congenital, or acquired as a result of trauma or disease*.

Nonsurgical Prostheses:

  • Artificial eyes;
  • External breast prosthesis, including surgical brassiere, for patients who have had a mastectomy;
  • Standard mechanical and manual control prosthetic components replacing all or part of absent upper limbs*.                                                                                                                   

NOTE:  Member contract benefit may vary. CHECK CONTRACTS FOR COVERAGE ELIGIBILITY of prosthetics, including, but not limited to the following appliances or devices:

  • Dentures replacing teeth or structures directly supporting teeth;
  • Electrical incontinence aids or alarms, for either bowel or bladder incontinence;
  • Hairpieces or wigs for alopecia;
  • Hearing aids (see Legislation section)*;
  • Implants for cosmetic purposes*;
  • Penile prostheses*.

The above list is not all-inclusive. Please refer to the individual contract for exclusions related to prosthetic appliances.

*NOTE:  Many of the topics listed in coverage may be addressed in detail on one or more specific Medical Policies, which can be identified by a keyword(s) search of Medical Policies on the internet.

Policy Guidelines

Coverage should include supplies necessary for the effective use of a covered prosthetic appliance (i.e., harnesses, stump socks, etc., essential to use of an artificial limb).

Adjustments and repairs to the device(s) are covered when they are necessary to make the equipment functional for as long as the equipment continues to be medically required.

Replacement is provided for the device(s) only if:

  • Wear and tear has made them ineffective; and/or
  • The device malfunctions; and/or
  • The patient's size changes and adjustments to the device can no longer be made (i.e., a child grows and artificial limb no longer fits or functions).


Myoelectric Prostheses

Prospective comparative studies with objective and subjective measures would provide the most informative data on which to compare different prostheses, but little evidence was identified that directly addressed whether myoelectric prostheses improve function and health-related quality of life.

The available indirect evidence is based on two assumptions: 1) use of any prosthesis confers clinical benefit, and 2) self-selected use is an acceptable measure of the perceived benefit (combination of utility, comfort, and appearance) of a particular prosthesis for that individual. Most of the studies identified describe amputees’ self-selected use or rejection rates. The results are usually presented as hours worn at work, hours worn at home, and hours worn in social situations. Amputees’ self-reported reasons for use and abandonment are also frequently reported. It should be considered that upper limb amputee’s needs may depend on the particular situation. For example, increased functional capability may be needed with heavy work or domestic duties, while a more naturally appearing prosthesis with reduced functional capability may be acceptable for an office, school, or other social environment.

Comparative Studies

One prospective controlled study compared preferences for body-powered and myoelectric hands in children. (1) Juvenile amputees (toddlers to teenagers, n=120) were fitted in a randomized order with one of the 2 types of prostheses; after a 3-month period, the terminal devices were switched, and the children selected one of the prostheses to use. After 2 years, some (n=11) of the original study sites agreed to reevaluate the children, and 78 (74% follow-up from the 11 sites) appeared for interview and examination. At the time of follow-up, 34 (44%) were wearing the myoelectric prosthesis, 26 (34%) were wearing a body-powered prosthesis (13 used hands and 13 used hooks), and 18 (22%) were not using a prosthesis. There was no difference in the children’s ratings of the myoelectric and body-powered devices (3.8 on a 5-point scale). Of the 60 children who wore a prosthesis, 19 were considered to be “passive” users, i.e., they did not use the prosthesis to pick up or hold objects (prehensile function). A multicenter withinsubject randomized study, published in 1993, compared function with myoelectric and body-powered hands (identical size, shape, and color) in 67 children with congenital limb deficiency and 9 children with traumatic amputation. (2) Each type of hand was worn for 3 months before functional testing. Some specific tasks were performed slightly faster with the myoelectric hand; others were performed better with the body-powered hand. Overall, no clinically important differences were found in performance. Interpretation of these results is limited by changes in technology since this study was published.

Silcox and colleagues conducted a within-subject comparison of preference for body-powered or myoelectric prostheses in adults. (3) Of 44 patients who had been fitted with a myoelectric prosthesis, 40 (91%) also owned a body-powered prosthesis and 9 (20%) owned a passive prosthesis. Twenty-two (50%) patients had rejected the myoelectric prosthesis, 13 (32%) had rejected the body-powered prosthesis, and 5 (55%) had rejected the passive prosthesis. Use of a body-powered prosthesis was unaffected by the type of work; good to excellent use was reported in 35% of patients with heavy work demands and in 39% of patients with light work demands. In contrast, the proportion of patients using a myoelectric prosthesis was higher in the group with light work demands (44%) in comparison with those with heavy work demands (26%). There was also a trend toward higher use of the myoelectric prosthesis (n=16) in comparison with a body-powered prosthesis (n=10) in social situations. Appearance was cited more frequently (19 patients) as a reason for using a myoelectric prosthesis than any other factor. Weight (16 patients) and speed (10 patients) were more frequently cited than any other factor as reasons for non-use of the myoelectric prosthesis.

McFarland et al. conducted a cross-sectional survey of upper limb loss in veterans and service members from Vietnam (n=47) and Iraq (n=50) who were recruited through a national survey of veterans and service members who experienced combat-related major limb loss. (4) In the first year of limb loss, the Vietnam group received a mean of 1.2 devices (usually body-powered), while the Iraq group received a mean of 3.0 devices (typically 1 myoelectric/hybrid, 1 body-powered, and 1 cosmetic). At the time of the survey, upper-limb prosthetic devices were used by 70% of the Vietnam group and 76% of the Iraq group. Body-powered devices were favored by the Vietnam group (78%), while a combination of myoelectric/hybrid (46%) and body-powered (38%) devices were favored by the Iraq group. Replacement of myoelectric/hybrid devices was 3 years or longer in the Vietnam group while 89% of the Iraq group replaced myoelectric/hybrid devices in under 2 years. All types of upper limb prostheses were abandoned in 30% of the Vietnam group and 22% of the Iraq group; the most common reasons for rejection included short residual limbs, pain, poor comfort (e.g., weight of the device), and lack of functionality.

A cross-sectional study from 10 Shriners Hospitals assessed the benefit of a prosthesis (type not described) on function and health-related quality of life in 489 children 2–20 years of age with a congenital below-the-elbow deficiency (specific type of hand malformation). (5) Outcomes consisted of parent- and child-reported quality of life and musculoskeletal health questionnaires and subjective and objective functional testing of children with and without a prosthesis. Age-stratified results were compared for 321 children who wore a prosthesis and 168 who did not, along with normative values for each age group. The study found no clinically relevant benefit for prosthesis wearers compared with nonwearers, or for when the wearers were using their prosthesis. Non-wearers performed better than wearers on a number of tasks. For example, in the 13- to 20-year-old group, non-wearers scored higher than wearers for zipping a jacket, putting on gloves, peeling back the plastic cover of a snack pack, raking leaves, and throwing a basketball. Although prostheses have been assumed to improve function, no benefit was identified for young or adolescent children with this type of congenital hand malformation.

Noncomparative Studies

A 2007 systematic review of 40 articles published over the previous 25 years assessed upper limb prosthesis acceptance and abandonment. (6) For pediatric patients the mean rejection rate was 38% for passive prostheses (1 study), 45% for body-powered prostheses (3 studies), and 32% for myoelectric prostheses (12 studies). For adults, there was considerable variation between studies, with mean rejection rates of 39% for passive (6 studies), 26% for body-powered (8 studies), and 23% for myoelectric (10 studies) prostheses. The study authors found no evidence that the acceptability of passive prostheses had declined over the period from 1983 to 2004, “despite the advent of myoelectric devices with functional as well as cosmetic appeal.” Body-powered prostheses were also found to have remained a popular choice, with the type of hand-attachment being the major factor in acceptance. Body-powered hooks were considered acceptable by many users, but body-powered hands were frequently rejected (80–87% rejection rates) due to slowness in movement, awkward use, maintenance issues, excessive weight, insufficient grip strength, and the energy needed to operate. Rejection rates of myoelectric prostheses tended to increase with longer follow-up. There was no evidence of a change in rejection rates over the 25 years of study, but the results are limited by sampling bias from isolated populations and the generally poor quality of the studies included.

Biddiss and Chau published results from an online or mailed survey of 242 upper limb amputees from the United States, Canada, and Europe in 2007. (7) Of the survey respondents, 14% had never worn a prosthesis and 28% had rejected regular prosthetic use; 64% were either full-time or consistent part-time wearers. Factors in device use and abandonment were the level of limb absence, gender, and perceived need (e.g., working, vs. unemployed). Prosthesis rejectors were found to discontinue use due to a lack of functional need, discomfort (excessive weight and heat), and impediment to sensory feedback. Dissatisfaction with available prosthesis technology was a major factor in abandoning prosthesis use. No differences between users and non-users were found for experience with a particular type of prosthesis (passive, body-powered, or myoelectric) or terminal device (hand or hook).

In another online survey, the majority of the 43 responding adults used a myoelectric prosthetic arm and/or hand for 8 or more hours at work/school (approximately 86%) or for recreation (67%), while the majority of the 11 child respondents used their prosthesis for 4 hours or less at school (72%) or for recreation (88%). (8) Satisfaction was greatest (more than 50% of adults and 100% of children) for the appearance of the myoelectric prosthesis and least (more than 75% of adults and 50% of children) for the grasping speed, which was considered too slow. Of 33 respondents with a transradial amputation, 55% considered the weight “a little too heavy” and 24% considered the weight to be “much too high.” The types of activities that the majority of adults (between 50% and 80%) desired to perform with the myoelectric prosthesis were handicrafts, operation of electronic and domestic devices, using cutlery, personal hygiene, dressing and undressing, and to a lesser extent, writing. The majority (80%) of children indicated that they wanted to use their prosthesis for dressing and undressing, personal hygiene, using cutlery, and handicrafts.

A 2009 study evaluated the acceptance of a myoelectric prosthesis in 41 children 2–5 years of age. (9) To be fitted with a myoelectric prosthesis, the children had to communicate well and follow instructions from strangers, have interest in an artificial limb, have bimanual handling (use of both limbs in handling objects), and have a supportive family setting. A 1- to 2-week interdisciplinary training program (in-patient or out-patient) was provided for the child and parents. At a mean 2 years’ follow-up (range 0.7–5.1 years), a questionnaire was distributed to evaluate acceptance and use during daily life (100% return rate). Successful use, defined as a mean daily wearing time of more than 2 hours, was achieved in 76% of the study group. The average daily use was 5.8 hours per day (range 0–14 hours). The level of amputation significantly influenced the daily wearing time, with above elbow amputees wearing the prosthesis for longer periods than children with below elbow amputations. Three of 5 children (60%) with amputations at or below the wrist refused use of any prosthetic device. There were trends (i.e., did not achieve statistical significance in this sample) for increased use in younger children, in those who had inpatient occupational training, and in those children who had a previous passive (vs. body-powered) prosthesis. During the follow-up period, maintenance averaged 1.9 times per year (range of 0–8 repairs); this was correlated with the daily wearing time. The authors discussed that a more important selection criteria than age was the activity and temperament of the child; for example, a myoelectric prosthesis would more likely be used in a calm child interested in quiet bimanual play, whereas a body-powered prosthesis would be more durable for outdoor sports, and in sand or water. Due to the poor durability of the myoelectric hand, this group provides a variety of prosthetic options to use depending on the situation. The impact of multiple prostheses types (e.g., providing both a myoelectric and body-powered prosthesis) on supply costs, including maintenance frequency, are unknown at this time.

An evaluation of a rating scale called the Assessment of Capacity for Myoelectric Control (ACMC) was described by Lindner and colleagues in 2009. (10) For this evaluation of the ACMC, a rater identified 30 types of hand movements in a total of 96 patients (age range 2–57 years) who performed a self-chosen bimanual task, such as preparation of a meal, making the bed, doing crafts, or playing with different toys; each of the 30 types of movements was rated on a 4-point scale (not capable or not performed, sometimes capable, capable on request, and spontaneously capable). The types of hand movements were variations of four main functional categories (gripping, releasing, holding, and coordinating), and the evaluations took approximately 30 minutes. Statistical analysis indicated that the ACMC is a valid assessment for measuring differing ability among users of upper limb prostheses, although the assessment was limited by having the task difficulty determined by the patient (e.g., a person with low ability might have chosen a very easy and familiar task). Lindner et al. recommended that further research with standard tasks is needed and that additional tests of reliability are required to examine the consistency of the ACMC over time.

Although the availability of a myoelectric hand with individual control of digits has been widely reported in lay technology reports, video clips and basic science reports, no peer-reviewed publications were found to evaluate functional outcomes of individual digit control in amputees.


The goals of upper limb prostheses relate to restoration of both appearance and function while maintaining sufficient comfort for continued use. The identified literature focuses primarily on patient acceptance and reasons for disuse; detailed data on function and functional status, and direct comparisons of body-powered and newer model myoelectric prostheses are limited and/or lacking. The limited evidence available suggests that in comparison with body-powered prostheses, myoelectric components may improve range of motion to some extent, have similar capability for light work but may have reduced performance under heavy working conditions. The literature also indicates that the percentage of amputees who accept use of a myoelectric prosthesis is approximately the same as those who prefer to use a body-powered prosthesis and that self-selected use depends at least in part on the individual’s activities of daily living. Appearance is most frequently cited as an advantage of myoelectric prostheses, and for patients who desire a restorative appearance, the myoelectric prosthesis can provide greater function than a passive prosthesis, with equivalent function to a body-powered prosthesis for light work. Nonuse of any prosthesis is associated with lack of functional need, discomfort (excessive weight and heat), and impediment to sensory feedback. Because of the differing advantages and disadvantages of the currently available prostheses, myoelectric components for individuals with an amputation at the wrist or above may be considered when passive or body-powered prostheses cannot be used or are insufficient to meet the functional needs of the patient in activities of daily living. Evidence is insufficient to evaluate full or partial hand prostheses with individually powered digits; these are considered experimental, investigational and unproven.


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The presence or absence of procedure, service, supply, device or diagnosis codes in a Medical Policy document has no relevance for determination of benefit coverage for members or reimbursement for providers.  Only the written coverage position in a medical policy should be used for such determinations.

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Rationale for Benefit Administration
ICD-9 Codes
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ICD-10 Codes
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Procedural Codes: A4280, A9282, L6000, L6010, L6020, L6025, L6050, L6055, L6100, L6110, L6120, L6130, L6200, L6205, L6250, L6300, L6310, L6320, L6350, L6360, L6370, L6380, L6382, L6384, L6386, L6388, L6400, L6450, L6500, L6550, L6570, L6580, L6582, L6584, L6586, L6588, L6590, L6600, L6605, L6610, L6611, L6615, L6616, L6620, L6621, L6623, L6624, L6625, L6628, L6629, L6630, L6632, L6635, L6637, L6638, L6640, L6641, L6642, L6645, L6646, L6647, L6648, L6650, L6655, L6660, L6665, L6670, L6672, L6675, L6676, L6677, L6680, L6682, L6684, L6686, L6687, L6688, L6689, L6690, L6691, L6692, L6693, L6694, L6695, L6696, L6697, L6698, L6703, L6704, L6706, L6707, L6708, L6709, L6711, L6712, L6713, L6714, L6715, L6721, L6722, L6805, L6810, L6880, L6881, L6882, L6883, L6884, L6885, L6890, L6895, L6900, L6905, L6910, L6915, L6920, L6925, L6930, L6935, L6940, L6945, L6950, L6955, L6960, L6965, L6970, L6975, L7007, L7008, L7009, L7040, L7045, L7170, L7180, L7181, L7185, L7186, L7190, L7191, L7260, L7261, L7360, L7362, L7364, L7366, L7367, L7368, L7400, L7401, L7402, L7403, L7404, L7405, L7499, L7510, L7520, L7600, L8000, L8001, L8002, L8010, L8015, L8020, L8030, L8031, L8032, L8035, L8039, L8040, L8041, L8042, L8043, L8044, L8045, L8046, L8047, L8048, L8049, L8500, L8501, L8505, L8507, L8509, L8510, L8511, L8512, L8513, L8514, L8515, L8600, L8630, L8631, L8641, L8642, L8658, L8659, L8692, L8699, L9900, S8270, V2623, V2624, V2625, V2626, V2628, V2629, V5011, V5014, V5020, V5030, V5040, V5050, V5060, V5070, V5080, V5090, V5100, V5110, V5120, V5130, V5140, V5150, V5160, V5170, V5180, V5190, V5200, V5210, V5220, V5230, V5240, V5241, V5242, V5243, V5244, V5245, V5246, V5247, V5248, V5249, V5250, V5251, V5252, V5253, V5254, V5255, V5256, V5257, V5258, V5259, V5260, V5261, V5262, V5263, V5264, V5265, V5266, V5267, V5268, V5269, V5270, V5271, V5272, V5273, V5274, V5275, V5281, V5282, V5283, V5284, V5285, V5286, V5287, V5288, V5289, V5290, V5298, V5299
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October 2011 New Policy: Policy created with literature search; may be medically necessary under specified conditions
June 2012 Policy updated with literature review through December 2011; reference 4 added; policy statement unchanged
September 2013 Policy formatting and language revised.  Added criteria for prosthetic appliances.  Title changed from "Myoelectric Prosthesis for the Upper Limb" to "Prosthetics, Except Lower Limb Prosthetics".
February 2014 Document updated with literature review. The following was added to the Coverage section:  A prosthesis with individually powered digits, including but not limited to a partial hand prosthesis, is considered experimental, investigational and unproven.
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