August 19, 2013
Pre-configured electrode "NCS" tests are at best a screening test for high volume HR situations with a revolving door high turnover situation. I have discussed the shortcomings of this testing methodology in the recent past. The new code to be used as of January 1, 2010 is 95905 to distinguish this type of simplified test from conventional, more thorough NCS. Further information can be found under Practice Issues a http://www.aanem.org/. According to the AANEM the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services (CMS) has assigned a work RVU of 0.05 and a practice expense RVU of 2.04 and a malpractice RVU of 0.02. Thus depending upon practice locale these values will equate with Medicare reimbursement of about $70 per limb. I'm not sure what this will equate to in net terms.