How To Use CPT Code 95706

CPT 95706 describes the procedure for electroencephalogram (EEG) without video, review of data, technical description by an EEG technologist, lasting 2-12 hours with intermittent monitoring and maintenance. This article will cover the description, official description, procedure, qualifying circumstances, appropriate usage, documentation requirements, billing guidelines, historical information, similar codes and billing examples.

1. What is CPT Code 95706?

CPT 95706 can be used to describe the procedure for electroencephalogram (EEG) without video, review of data, technical description by an EEG technologist. This code is used when the EEG recording lasts between 2 to 12 hours and includes intermittent monitoring and maintenance. No video recording is made during this procedure.

2. Official Description

The official description of CPT code 95706 is: ‘Electroencephalogram (EEG), without video, review of data, technical description by EEG technologist, 2-12 hours; with intermittent monitoring and maintenance.’

3. Procedure

  1. The patient is positioned in a supine position.
  2. The EEG technologist attaches electrodes or sensors to the patient’s head.
  3. Wires connect the sensors to a computer, which records the electrical activity of the brain.
  4. The computer displays a graphical representation of the electrical signals on a monitor or prints out the graphical recording.
  5. The recording continues for a period of 2 to 12 hours with intermittent monitoring and maintenance.
  6. No video recording is made during the procedure.
  7. The EEG technologist reviews the data and prepares a technical description.

4. Qualifying circumstances

Patients who require an EEG without video, review of data, and technical description by an EEG technologist may be eligible for CPT 95706. This procedure is commonly used to diagnose epilepsy, sleep disorders, dementia, nervous system or mental disorders, head injuries, tumors, coma, or brain death. The EEG technologist must be qualified to perform the procedure, and no video recording is made during the EEG.

5. When to use CPT code 95706

CPT code 95706 should be used when an EEG without video, review of data, and technical description by an EEG technologist is performed. This code is appropriate for EEG recordings lasting between 2 to 12 hours with intermittent monitoring and maintenance. If the procedure involves a continuous EEG recording with a minimum of 8 channels administered by an EEG technologist, use CPT code 95700. For an EEG with extended monitoring lasting 61 to 119 minutes, use CPT code 95813.

6. Documentation requirements

To support a claim for CPT 95706, the following documentation is required:

  • Indication of the need for an EEG without video, review of data, and technical description
  • Length of the EEG recording and details of intermittent monitoring and maintenance
  • Confirmation that no video recording was made during the procedure
  • Technical description prepared by the EEG technologist

7. Billing guidelines

When billing for CPT 95706, ensure that the procedure meets the criteria of an EEG without video, review of data, and technical description by an EEG technologist. No video recording should be made during the procedure. It is important to note that CPT code 95706 should not be reported with other EEG codes involving a physician or other qualified healthcare professional. For additional guidance on reporting EEG procedures, refer to CPT codes 95705 to 95716 and 95717 to 95726.

8. Historical information

CPT 95706 was added to the Current Procedural Terminology system on January 1, 2020. There have been no updates to the code since its addition.

9. Examples

  1. An EEG technologist performs a 4-hour EEG recording without video for a patient with suspected epilepsy.
  2. A patient undergoes an 8-hour EEG recording without video for evaluation of sleep disorders.
  3. An EEG technologist conducts a 6-hour EEG recording without video to assess brain activity during a surgical procedure.
  4. A 10-hour EEG recording without video is performed by an EEG technologist to diagnose a patient with dementia.
  5. An EEG technologist reviews a 2-hour EEG recording without video and prepares a technical description for a patient with a head injury.
  6. A 12-hour EEG recording without video is conducted by an EEG technologist to evaluate a patient in a coma.
  7. An EEG technologist performs a 6-hour EEG recording without video for a patient suspected of brain death.
  8. A patient undergoes a 3-hour EEG recording without video for evaluation of nervous system disorders.
  9. An EEG technologist conducts an 8-hour EEG recording without video to assess brain activity in a patient with a brain tumor.
  10. A 5-hour EEG recording without video is performed by an EEG technologist to evaluate a patient with mental disorders.

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