UHMS Currently Accepted Indications

The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) is a U.S. based international scientific organization that provides a forum for medical professionals with an interest in hyperbaric physiology and medicine. Since its formation in 1967, the UHMS has fostered research and the exchange of information necessary to increase our understanding of hyperbaric medicine. In 1977, the UHMS formed a committee to examine available data and produce guidelines for the use of practitioners of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and their third-party underwriters. This resulted in the publication of the first edition of "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy - A Committee Report". This document is updated periodically.

The committee continues to review the applications of HBO2 and amends the list of those diseases that are "approved" by the UHMS based on prevailing scientific information. The findings are updated and published as the "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy - A Committee Report" by the UHMS every three years. This report is used, at least in part, by CMS in its deliberations as to which indications will be reimbursed by Medicare/ Medicaid. It is also used by independent third-party insurers. The indications listed below are those currently considered "approved" by the UHMS. It can be reviewed along with explanations and supporting references on the UHMS website www.uhms.org. Click on Indications/HBO2 on the tool bar on the left-hand side of the home page. This list differs from the list of CMS Covered Conditions given in Section 3 "Is it reimbursable?"

  • Air of Gas Embolism
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning complicated by Cyanide Poisoning
  • Clostridial Myositis and Myonecrosis (Gas Gangrene)
  • Crush Injury, Compartment Syndrome, and other Acute Traumatic Ischemias
  • Decompression Sickness
  • Enhancement of Healing in Selected Problem Wounds
  • Exceptional Blood Loss Anemia
  • Intracranial Abscess
  • Necrotizing Soft Tissues Infections
  • Osteomyelitis (Refractory)
  • Delayed Radiation Injury (Soft Tissue and Bony Necrosis)
  • Skin Grafts and Flaps (Compromised)
  • Thermal Burns

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