Hyperhidrosis treatments have undergone major improvements over the years. For example, Botox injections for the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis have helped transform the lives of many patients. 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 continued control.
But, Botox can be costly and seeking coverage for this treatment from insurance companies can be daunting. There are, however, some promising avenues that can be explored when considering Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis.
Allergan, the maker of Botox, tries to help hyperhidrosis patients who are under- or uninsured get treatment through the following programs:
Botox ONE: This is a secure online portal that physicians and their staff can use to help patients obtain Botox treatment by requesting benefits verification and reimbursement support related to Botox for medical use (like for hyperhidrosis). The website offers access to Botox reimbursement support and guidance about Botox savings programs (see below). It also allows healthcare providers to conduct electronic benefits verifications and prior authorizations.
Botox Savings Program: Through this program, patients can get some reimbursement for up to four Botox underarm treatments per year; they can get back up to $100 per treatment. The program can help patients that have any kind of commercial insurance (it’s not for Medicare or Medicaid patients.) Find out if your patients are eligible or help them enroll by calling toll-free in the U.S 1-800-44-BOTOX (1-800-442-6869). Reasons for ineligibility for the Botox Savings Program include:
- Any government issued insurance such as Medicaid or Medicare
- Any military issued insurance
- Anyone under the age of 18
- Anyone living outside of the United States or Puerto Rico
Botox Patient Assistance Program: To receive help from the Botox Patient Assistance™ Program, patients must be uninsured or underinsured, have income less than or equal to 500% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), and be a resident of the United States or Puerto Rico. Through this Program, Allergan will donate Botox vials for the treatment of financially eligible patients. For more information on the application process, call 1-800-44-BOTOX, option 4. Or, download the Botox Patient Assistance Program Application.
We love to highlight acts of generosity, kindness, and support! Allergan's Botox programs are great examples. By giving patients 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 patients.
"Patients need to know about the assistance programs for Botox because they increase 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. 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. Perhaps if physicians knew about the Botox assistance options - like those that provide training, support, and help with reimbursement to decrease denied claims – they would more readily treat hyperhidrosis patients with Botox. These are real solutions."
And don't forget that patients 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 read our blog for announcements about these opportunities and visit our clinical trials page often to learn who's recruiting now.
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)
64999 - Other procedure of the nervous system (use for extremities, i.e. hands and feet)
J0585 - Injection, onabotulinumtoxin A, per unit
L74.5 - Focal Hyperhidrosis (L74.5 and L74.51 should not be used for reimbursement purposes as there are multiple codes below it that contain a greater level of detail)
L74.51 - Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis
L74.510 - Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis, Axilla
L74.511 - Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis, Face
L74.512 – Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis, Palms
L74.513 – Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis, Soles
L74.519 – Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis, Unspecified
L74.52 - Secondary Focal Hyperhidrosis
L74.8 Other eccrine sweat disorders
L74.9 Eccrine sweat disorder, unspecified