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    Question EMG Billing

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    I cannot get Medicare to pay for two limited EMG studies (95870X2) on the same date. They will pay full EMG studies for up to four limbs (95860,95861,95863,95864), but they keep stating that it is not payable. I don't want to have my doc's unnecessary stick people more than five times if it is not warrented anyone else having this problem?

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    Smile Emg

    It could be your diagnosis code

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Duluth, Minnesota


    or, maybe you need a modifier - like 59 or 76 why was it done twice ? repeat same extremity? second time different extremity?
    Donna, CPC, CPC-H

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    Different extremity. I've tried the 59 mod, and still get denied. It's frustrating when billing full extremity EMG's other codes are offered but not for the limited studies.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Evansville Indiana

    Default Emg

    Have you tried billing it with a RT and LT? Generally I have found that x2 will get denied but if you identify that it is two different sides they will pay.

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    Tried that as well...Medicare has paid you?

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Flower City


    Be sure you are using 95870 for muscles other than thoracic paraspinal (95869) paraspinal, cranial nerve supplied muscles..........
    If it is two extremities, identify by LT or RT or RT, RT and the modifier -59 - may need that combination.

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