In order to accurately report the new 2013 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes when they go into effect January 1, 2013, neurologists should be aware of several changes, including: the establishment of new codes for pediatric polysomnography, intraoperative neurophysiology monitoring, autonomic function tests, chemodenervation for chronic migraine, complex chronic care coordination services, transitional care management and a new coding structure for nerve conduction studies.
Nerve conduction study codes 95900, 95903, 95904, and H–reflex codes95934 and 95936 have been deleted. Seven new nerve conduction codes (95907–95913) have been established. In the new coding structure, the unit of service in codes 95907–95913 is the number of nerve conduction studies performed; whereas the unit of service in previous codes 95900–95904 was each nerve. For the purposes of coding, a single conduction study is defined as a sensory conduction test, a motor conduction test with an F–wave or without an F wave test, or an H–reflex test. Each type of nerve conduction study is counted only once when multiple sites on the same nerve are stimulated or recorded. The numbers of these separate tests should be added to determine which code to use.
▶(95900, 95903, 95904 have been deleted. For nerve conduction studies, see 95907–95913)◀
|●95907||1–2 nerve conduction studies|
|●95908||3–4 nerve conduction studies|
|●95909||5–6 nerve conduction studies|
|●95910||7–8 nerve conduction studies|
|●95911||9–10 nerve conduction studies|
|●95912||11–12 nerve conduction studies|
|●95913||13 or more nerve conduction studies|
Two new codes (95782, 95783) have been created to report pediatric polysomnography for children younger than 6 years of age. These patients are typically monitored for a longer period of time than adults (on average 9 hours) and typically require a 1:1 technologist to patient ratio. Pediatric studies tend to be more complex to review due to longer recordings and more data.
|95808||Polysomnography; any age, sleep staging with 1–3 additional parameters of sleep, attended by a technologist|
|95810||age 6 years or older, sleep staging with 4 or more additional parameters of sleep, attended by a technologist|
|95811||age 6 years or older, sleep staging with 4 or more additional parameters of sleep, with initiation of continuous positive airway pressure therapy or bilevel ventilation, attended by a technologist|
|●95782||younger than 6 years, sleep staging with 4 or more additional parameters of sleep, attended by a technologist|
|●95783||younger than 6 years, sleep staging with 4 or more additional parameters of sleep, with initiation of continuous positive airway pressure therapy or bi–level ventilation, attended by a technologist|
Code +95920 has been deleted. Two new codes (+95940 and +95941) for neurophysiology monitoring either inside or outside the operating room.
New code 95940 is reported per 15 minutes of service and requires reporting only the portion of time the monitoring professional was physically present in the operating room providing one–on–one patient monitoring, and no other cases may be monitored at the same time.
|+●95940||Continuous intraoperative neurophysiology monitoring in the operating room, one on one monitoring requiring personal attendance, each 15 minutes (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)|
▶(Use 95940 in conjunction with the study performed, 92585, 95822, 95860, 95870, 95907–95913, 95925, 95939◀
New code 95941 is reported for all cases in which there was no physical presence by the monitoring professional in the operating room during the monitoring time or when monitoring more than one case while in an operating room.
|+●95941||Continuous intraoperative neurophysiology monitoring, from outside the operating room (remote or nearby) or for monitoring of more than one case while in the operating room, per hour (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)|
▶(Use 95941 in conjunction with the study performed, 92585, 95822, 95860–95870, 95907–95913, 95925–95939)◀
A new code (95924) has been created to report when both parasympathetic (92921) and adrenergic function (92922) types of autonomic testing are performed together. It includes the use of a tilt table.
Code 95943 has been established to report when an autonomic function testing does not include beat–to–beat recording, or for testing without the use of a tilt table. This is a simpler, automated procedure compared to the other autonomic codes.
|●95924||combined parasympathetic and sympathetic adrenergic function testing with at least 5 minutes of passive tilt|
▶(Do not report 95924 in conjunction with 95921 or 95922)◀
|●95943||Simultaneous, independent, quantitative measures of both parasympathetic function and sympathetic function, based on time–frequency analysis of heart rate variability concurrent with time–frequency analysis of continuous respiratory activity, with mean heart rate and blood pressure measures, during rest, paced (deep) breathing, Valsalva maneuvers, and head–up postural change|
▶(Do not report 95943 in conjunction with 93040, 95921, 95922, 95924)◀
Effective January 1, 2013, physicians will be able to report code new code 64615 when performing chemodenervation to treat chronic migraine.
|●64615||Chemodenervation of muscle(s); muscle(s) innervated by facial, trigeminal, cervical spinal and accessory nerves, bilateral (eg, for chronic migraine)|
Three new codes have been created for complex chronic care coordination. Codes 99487–99489 are reported only once per calendar month and include all non–face–to–face complex chronic care coordination services and none or 1 face–to–face office or other outpatient, home, or domiciliary evaluation and management (E/M) visit related to care for the patient's chronic condition(s).
|●99487||Complex chronic care coordination services; first hour of clinical staff time directed by a physician or other qualified health care professional with no face–to–face visit, per calendar month|
|●99488||first hour of clinical staff time directed by a physician or other qualified health care professional with one face–to–face visit, per calendar month|
|+●99489||each additional 30 minutes of clinical staff time directed by a physician or other qualified health care professional, per calendar month|
▶(List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)◀
Two transition care management service codes have been created to report services for an established patient whose medical and/or psychosocial problems require moderate or high complexity medical decision making during transitions in care.
Transitional Care Management Services with the following required elements:
Transitional Care Management Services with the following required elements
● = New Code
+ = Add on Code
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