Two of the new codes, 95885 and 95886, will now be used instead of codes 95860-95864, 95870, when an EMG is done WITH nerve conduction testing (it usually is). Previously, you reported 95860-95864 depending on the number of COMPLETE (5 or more muscles) limbs you did an EMG on, i.e.:
1 limb - 95860
2 limbs - 95861
3 limbs - 95863
4 limbs - 95864
And 95870 was reported for each LIMITED (less than 5 muscles tested) EMG.
Effective January 1st, however, 95885 will be reported for EACH limb a limited EMG is performed on, and 95886 will be reported for EACH limb a complete EMG is performed on. Example:
Complete bilateral upper EMG: 95886 x 2
Complete EMG of the upper left extremity, and limited EMG of upper right extremity: 95885, 95886
Complete EMG of all four extremities: 95886 x4
It's important to note that these codes also include the related paraspinal areas, when performed. 95887 is for EMGs performed on non-extremity muscle(s) when a nerve conduction test is also done.
These are add on codes, so they cannot be reported on their own. If an EMG ONLY is done, the old codes are used.
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