Look to EMG Codes for Monitoring During Pedicle Screw Placement

Question: Is it appropriate to report intraoperative monitoring codes 95940-95941 for monitoring during pedicle screw placement?

Answer: No. According to the May 2013 CPT® Assistant, “Use electromyography codes 95860-95864, 95869, 95870, 95885, or 95886 when performing monitoring during pedicle screw placement.”

Pedicle screws are placed for spinal stabilization. Misplaced pedicle screws may result in neurological impairment. EMG monitoring is used to assess nerve root function and proper pedicle screw placement.

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John Verhovshek

John Verhovshek

John Verhovshek, MA, CPC, is Managing Editor at AAPC. He has covered medical coding and billing, healthcare policy, and the business of medicine since 1999. He is an alumnus of York College of Pennsylvania and Clemson University, and a member of the Asheville-Hendersonville AAPC Local Chapter.
John Verhovshek

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John Verhovshek, MA, CPC, is Managing Editor at AAPC. He has covered medical coding and billing, healthcare policy, and the business of medicine since 1999. He is an alumnus of York College of Pennsylvania and Clemson University, and a member of the Asheville-Hendersonville AAPC Local Chapter.

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