In Coding
Nov 13th, 2014
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...
Jul 1st, 2012
CPT® 2012 updates reporting for electrodiagnostic testing with the addition of three codes to describe electromyography (EMG) services performed with a nerve conduction study (NCS). +95885   Needle electromyography, each extremity, with related paraspinal areas, when performed, done with nerve conduction, amplitude and latency/velocity study; limited (List separately in addition to code for primary...
In Billing
Jan 27th, 2012
Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) are fervently updating their local coverage determinations (LCDs) to coincide with 2012 coding changes brought forth by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Highmark Medicare Services, for example, has revised the following LCDs to reflect the annual CPT® and HCPCS Level II code updates, ...
Dec 1st, 2011
Whether it’s new modifiers, E/M, radiology, or Category II codes, we have the outlook for what’s on the horizon. By Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC CPT® 2012 arrives with over 500 code changes, plus minor additions to the Evaluation and Management Services Guidelines. The revised evaluation and management (E/M) guidelines clarify the “three-year ...