2020 CPT® Code Changes For Long-Term EEG With Video

2020 CPT® Code Changes For Long-Term EEG With Video
On January 1, 2020 complex new Long-Term EEG monitoring CPT® Codes will go into effect, altering the billing landscape.

The previously used codes 95950, 95951, 95953, 95956 will be eliminated altogether.

Long-Term Video EEG studies’ codes have been separated into TWO NEW major groups consisting of 13 Technical Codes and 10 Professional Codes.

Additionally, there are new Intermittent Monitoring Requirements that obligate an EEG Technologist to perform and document real-time review of data at least every 2 hours during the entire recording period to assure the integrity and quality of the recording. Each EEG Technologist is limited to monitoring a maximum of 12 patients.

Key Terms

The following important definitions are relevant to the coding updates.

Technical Services Codes
95700 – 95716

EEG Technologist

An individual who is qualified by education, training licensure/certification/regulation (when applicable) in seizure recognition. An EEG technologist performs EEG setup, take-down (when performed), patient education, technical description, maintenance, and seizure recognition when within his or her scope of practice, and as allowed by law, regulation, and facility policy (when applicable).

Set-Up Code
Describes any long-term continuous EEG/VEEG recording, set-up, takedown when performed, and patient and caregiver education by an EEG technologist(s). To report 95700, the setup must include a minimum of 8 channels of EEG. Services with fewer than 8 channels may be reported using 95999.

Technical Description
The EEG Technologists’ written documentation of the reviewed EEG/VEEG data, including technical interventions.

Must include the following:

  • Uploading and/or transferring data from EEG equipment to a server or storage device.
  • Reviewing raw EEG/VEEG data and events and automated detection, as well as patient activations.
  • Annotating, editing, and archiving EEG/VEEG data for review by the physician.

Intermittent Monitoring (Remote or On-Site)
Requires EEG technologist(s) to perform and document real-time review of the data at least every 2 hours during the entire recording period.

A single EEG technologist may monitor a maximum of 12 patients concurrently. If the number of patients exceeds 12, all studies are reported as unmonitored.


*These definitions are abbreviated and meant for discussion purposes only, not to serve as coding guidance. For complete information and coding definitions, refer to CPT®2020 Professional Edition.

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