Hyperhidrosis treatments have undergone major improvements in recent years. The 2004 FDA approval of Botox injections for the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis has helped transform the lives of many thousands of sufferers. By "turning off" the process that leads to sweating excessively, Botox treatments allow sufferers to lead more normal lives -- free, at least temporarily, from the overwhelming symptoms of hyperhidrosis. Results of Botox injections last about six to nine months, and maintenance injections can provide continuous control.
Looking for codes? Here they are:
Botulinum Toxin Injection Procedure Codes
64650 - Chemodenervation of eccrine glands, axillae
64653 - Chemodenervation of eccrine glands, other areas (eg, scalp, face, neck), per day
64999 - Unlisted procedure, nervous system (use for extremities, i.e. hands and feet)
J0585 - onabotulinumtoxinA, per unit
As anyone who has pursued this line of therapy knows, Botox treatments can be costly. Coming up with the money for Botox treatments can seem like the impossible dream. Seeking coverage for treatment from insurance companies can likewise seem a daunting obstacle. But there are some promising avenues that sufferers can explore when considering Botox treatments for hyperhidrosis.
Allergan, the maker of Botox, tries to help hyperhidrosis patients who are under- or uninsured get treatment through three programs:
Botox Savings Cards help commercially insured patients save money on out-of-pocket costs for Botox treatments that aren't covered by insurance. Savings can be up to $100 reimbursement or rebate per treatment. You must be 18 years old or older to participate. Find out if you're eligible or call toll-free in the U.S at (800) 44-BOTOX, Option 4 for help or more information.
For patients who do not have any insurance or who are under-insured, Allergan's Botox Patient Assistance Program can help. Through this Program, Allergan will donate Botox vials for the treatment of financially eligible patients. Patients can download the Botox Patient Assistance Program Application online or call toll-free in the U.S at (800) 44-BOTOX, Option 4 for help or more information.
Healthcare professionals who treat hyperhidrosis can find resources on the Botox Reimbursement Solutions website. This site provides access to information about on-site staff education, training, and more—including policy reviews and analysis of Botox reimbursement in order to improve billing and coding and other office processes for greater Botox coverage.
We love to highlight acts of generosity, kindness, and support! Allergan's Botox Savings Card and Patient Assistance Program are great examples. By giving people with hyperhidrosis the opportunity to pursue this costly but very effective treatment, Allergan is providing a life-changing service to sufferers.
Christine Fleckenstein, Support Specialist with the International Hyperhidrosis Society, has a lot of interaction with the people in our hyperhidrosis community. She says the beauty of Allergan's prorgrams is that they open up a whole new world of opportunities for sufferers.
"Patients need to know about the assistance programs for Botox because they increases their treatment options. I receive so many emails from patients saying that they do not have medical insurance and would love to get Botox, but simply cannot afford it. Allergan's programs can put Botox treatment within reach for most patients. There are eligibility requirements and a process involved, but it's worth a shot to get that prize at the end - effective treatment and dry days without the worry of how sweating will affect your every move. With regard to physicians, perhaps if they too knew about the Botox assistance options - like a Botox Reimbursement Business Manager to provide training, support, and help with reimbursement to decrease denied claims – they would more readily treat hyperhidrosis patients. These are real solutions."
And don't forget that sufferers also have opportunities throughout the year to receive free treatment when they volunteer for clinical trials or participate at our physician training events. These opportunities help patients and researchers learn more about the condition and its therapies. Always be sure to open and read our blog for announcements about these opportunities and visit our clinical trials page often.