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Coding => Coding => Topic started by: sg2448 on February 26, 2013, 08:53:15 AM

Title: EMG coding
Post by: sg2448 on February 26, 2013, 08:53:15 AM
We're billing 95885 & 95911 for EMG's done in our office by a physician.  Medicare has denied the 95885 with CO-107 (related or qualifying claim/service was not identified on this claim)
Someone please help!!!!
Title: Re: EMG coding
Post by: louis.horwitz on April 07, 2013, 12:12:51 PM
Can someone reply to the above question? I have been facing the same issue with Medicare and will appreciate if any of you can share your experience.
Title: Re: EMG coding
Post by: Billergirlnyc on May 11, 2013, 05:04:29 PM
Not sure if you ever got this cleared-up as to why, but know you're not the only one who is having an issues with this. Since the EMG codes changed for this year (2013) and the 95885, 95886, and 95887 EMG codes are ADD-ON codes and are reported w/a base NCS code when an EMG and NCS are done on the same day -- it's just been a big 'ole mess from MC to the commercial carriers. A lot of the MAC carriers are aware of this issue as are the commercial carriers so make sure you appeal or get them to reprocess and pay. There is nothing wrong w/how you're billing the EMG and NCS, those codes can be billed together (as long as appropriate mods are there if needed and units). Look at your CPT book and it will confirm this or consult Medicare's LCD, both will confirm this is how we must bill when EMG/NCS are done on same day for 2013.

The MAC carrier I work with have corrected the issue (NY and FL) and both put out bulletins saying so. It's just odd that it's still happening  w/other MAC and commercial carriers after they've had months to fix the issue, as these new codes and how to bill for EMG and NCS on the same day has been effective since 1/1/13.
Title: Re: EMG coding
Post by: Merry on June 20, 2013, 09:20:35 PM
I am getting notices from all the carriers that there are changes in EMG billing procedures and I JUST received them. I know this discussion is old but thought I would bring it up now.
Title: Re: EMG coding
Post by: Billergirlnyc on June 24, 2013, 11:28:43 PM
Even if carriers are sending notices out now, this was in the 2013 CPT book. The new codes and rules went into effect 1/1/2013. In fact the actual changes were published last October but again went into effect this year.

I rarely wait on the carriers to notify me of anything. They're often just as slow and rely on the edits in their system to catch things. Just look at this topic. The issue w/denials etc still isn't completely resolved but as long as people understand the new rules/guidelines on billing EMG/NCS together they'll get paid, even if they have to fight it.