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Nerve Conduction Studies/NCS

  1. #1
    Florence, KY
    Default Nerve Conduction Studies/NCS
    Medical Coding Books
    Debate in my office on counting Nerve Conduction Studies. I know they are "per study" and not "per nerve", but I'm looking for some advice on how to code (count) the following. How many studies do you see here?

    Motor Nerve Conduction Study

    Median Left
    Median Right
    Ulnar Left
    Ulnar Right

    Sensory Nerve Conduction Study

    Median Left
    Median Right
    Ulnar Left
    Ulnar Right
    Radial Left
    Radial Right
    Palmar Left- Median Palm and Ulnar Palm
    Palmar Right- Median Palm and Ulnar Palm

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    Kimberly CPMA, CPC-I, CPC

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    Default Always refer to CPT
    As coders, we've heard it a thousand times, so I'm going to say it again; refer to the CPT guidelines. Check the Appendix J section of CPT and use the "Type of Study/Maximum Number of Studies" table. This table has helped me many times.

    Hope this helps you plead your case.

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