The Physical Therapy Practice Act of the State of Pennsylvania explicitly permits EMG/NCS Testing by Physical Therapists:
- 40.51. Administration of electroneuromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV) tests.
(a) EMG and NCV—studies and evaluations—shall be conducted only upon the referral of a physician, under section 9 of the act (63 P. S. § 1309).
(b) A licensed physical therapist may not diagnose from the results of the tests, but may prepare a statement of his impression of the results of the test to be forwarded to the referring physician for his review and diagnosis.
EMG/NCS Testing uses electricity and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound uses sound waves for the evaluation (testing and measurement) of the neuro-musculoskeletal system.
APTA fully supports PTs practicing EMG/NCS Testing as it is within the scope of Physical Therapy Practice. The Orthopedic Section of the APTA in a white paper not only advocates the use of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging within the scope of practice for Physical Therapy but also endorses its application both for diagnostic as well as procedural purposes to aid neuromuscular re-education, dry needling and electroneuromyography.
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Here is an example of a 2016 Medicare fee schedule for a variety of diagnostic testing for a selection of CPT codes and corresponding number of units. Insurances usually pay a multiple or a percentage of the medicare fee schedule*.
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*This fee schedule were taken from the website of your regional Medicare Intermediary’s site around Sept. 2016 without modifier. Click here to view a Medicare Intermediary for your state. This fee schedule does not necessarily represent the exact amount of reimbursement you will receive as billing patterns and code selection varies. Please feel free to verify the current figures.