A Guide to common CPT codes used in Neurology

Peripheral neuropathy and headaches are examples of neurological conditions (nerve damage). It also has dementia, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and stroke. For those who experience symptoms like headaches or seizures, they conduct physical examinations. Additionally, they provide medical care for ailments, including brain damage and stroke.

The neurology consultation CPT code indicates a neurologist consultation session. There is only one reportable consultation CPT code per doctor-patient interaction (not for each service performed). Don’t submit consultation codes if you do a process the same day you give a consultation.


Neurological CPT Codes

96116 – Neuropsychiatric Assessment

This code documents a neurobehavioral status examination that evaluates cognitive, motor, and emotional performance.


96118 – Evaluation of Neuropsychological Functioning

Neuropsychological testing, which evaluates cognitive, linguistic, and memory performance, is reported using this code.


  • – Computerized Neuropsychological Testing

This code is used to document computer-based neuropsychological testing.

  • – Neurological Examination

Neurological symptoms are reported using this code.


Codes of Evaluation and Management (E/M)

Codes for Assessment and Management describe the time and effort that medical professionals spend examining and monitoring the treatment of their patients.

The severity of the medical illness and the length of time spent caring for the patient are considered when assigning these codes. For neurological services, some examples of E/M codes are as follows:

  • 99201-99215: office visits or other outpatient procedures
  • 99241-99245: Consultations
  • 99304-99310: Visits to nursing facilities

Codes for Surgical Procedures

The surgical procedure codes describe the surgical technique carried out on a patient. The following are a few examples of surgical procedure codes for neurological services:

  • 61782: spine’s compression is released
  • 63709: installation or repair of the electrode array for the cranial nerve stimulator  62145: a craniectomy to remove a brain tumor

Codes for diagnostic procedures

Codes for diagnostic procedures describe the diagnostic operations or tests on a patient. The following are some illustrations of neurology service diagnostic procedure codes:


  • 95885: Electromyography via needle, one limb with or without linked paraspinal regions
  • 95819: alert and sleepy electroencephalogram
  • 95925: research of short-latency somatosensory evoked potentials using scalp/surface electrodes and stimulation of any/all peripheral nerves or skin locations

Codes for medications

Medical codes describe services like drug administration and injections that do not fit into the other categories.

The following are some examples of medical codes for neurological services:

  • 64615: Anaesthesia and steroid transforaminal epidural injection under fluoroscopy or computed tomography supervision; lumbar or sacral, single level.
  • 99456: A physician or other trained healthcare practitioner must supervise care management services for mental health disorders for at least 20 minutes daily.

Electrical diagnostic codes

Billing for diagnostic procedures that track the electrical activity of muscles and nerves uses electrodiagnostic codes. Neurologists frequently use these codes to identify neuropathy, myopathy, and radiculopathy.

The following electrodiagnostic codes are some of the most popular ones in neurology:

  • 95885: At least two muscles must have had needle electromyography (EMG) on the same day.
  • 95913: One or two research on nerve conduction.  95936: Test of H-Reflex.

Codes in EEG

For diagnostic procedures that record the brain’s electrical activity, EEG codes are employed in the billing process.

Neurologists frequently use EEG codes to identify diseases like epilepsy, brain tumors, and sleep problems. These are a few of the most typical EEG codes used in neurology:


  • 95819: comprehensive monitoring of the electroencephalogram (EEG), 41–60 minutes.
  • 95816: interpreting and reporting only on electroencephalograms (EEG).
  • 95957: Using cable or radio, at least 16 channels, and continuous recording, monitor for the location of the focal point of a brain seizure.


Conclusion

Neurology is a medical discipline concerned with diagnosing, treating, and preventing problems with the nervous system. It is a very complex and intriguing field. All doctors must be familiar with neurology CPT coding to submit complete and correct claims.



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