In response to a customer’s question, Howard Hill, President of Hill Laboratories, successfully argued to the ACA that the AFT does indeed, administer mechanical traction (CPT 97012) as well as flexion distraction. Here is the ACA’s response:
“ACA’s Coding Committee has reviewed information submitted by Hill Laboratories in regard to its Automatic Flexion Table (AFT)…the ACA Coding Committee’s opinion is that the table in question is in fact capable of administering both mechanical/motorized traction (CPT 97012) as well as flexion distraction (CMT). There are instances in which it would be appropriate, using this type of table, to administer the two separately reportable procedures of motorized/mechanical traction as well as flexion distraction….provided that medical necessity is provided in the clinical notes, 97012 could be reported for the motorized/mechanical traction and CMT (98940-42)…for the flexion distraction. However, the two procedures should not be performed simultaneously.”
The ACA Ruling is further conformation that the Hill AFT in one of the most clinically versatile and fiscally profitable chiropractic tables available!