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Motor and Sensory studies

Luz Posted Wed 12th of October, 2016 15:01:24 PM
Please provide your advice on the following studies: Motor Nerves, C-Median Nerve, If a study is done to the patient on the same day to the first lumbrical and also to second lumbrical, can it be counted as two studies? Sensory Nerves- if a study is done in first, second, third and fourth digit could that be counted as 4 studies? I read in an article that you can counted separately, but one of our coders said that you can only bill as one study. Thank you for your advice.
SuperCoder Answered Mon 17th of October, 2016 08:43:13 AM

Hi Luz,

Please find the modified answer to the above question. As to improve NCS coding accuracy, coding is based on the nerves listed in Appendix J.

http://www.enmgcongress.org/Resources/Guidelines/2013 Appendix J.pdf

A motor nerve conduction study of the following are counted separately as 2 nerve conduction studies. Median motor nerve to first lumbrical, Median motor nerve to second lumbrical.

Similarly, with sensory nerve conduction studies, assuming it to be median nerve (as not mentioned above), study done in first, second, third and fourth digit, are counted as 4 nerve conduction studies. Thank you.

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