Renita Posted Thu 01st of March, 2012 17:51:49 PM
Our office owns a video EEG. The patient takes it home and records for 48 or 72 hours, then returns for our physician to read and interpret. What code should we bill? We are having conflicting information with the 95951 or 95953 codes.
Thanking you in advance!
SuperCoder Answered Thu 01st of March, 2012 18:25:48 PM
The correct choice is 95953 (Monitoring for localization of cerebral seizure focus by computerized portable 16 or more channel EEG, electroencephalographic [EEG] recording and interpretation, each 24 hours, unattended). You should report one unit of 95953 for each 24-hour period.
Caution: Don’t slip and report 95956 (Monitoring for localization of cerebral seizure focus by cable or radio, 16 or more channel telemetry, electroencephalographic [EEG] recording and interpretation, each 24 hours, attended by a technologist or nurse). Although this code reports the same type test as 95953, you only report 95956 when the sleep lab staff is present the entire time the study is performed.