Coordinator's Column Happy 21st year, Special Interest Group 3, Voice and Voice Disorders! Change has been the theme of my tenure as Coordinator, and 2011 certainly started out with a bang, and by bang, I mean a bang over our heads with a mallet. The first change was the surprise increase ... Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column  |   March 01, 2011
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Coordinator's Column   |   March 01, 2011
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SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2011, Vol. 21, 2. doi:10.1044/vvd21.1.2
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2011, Vol. 21, 2. doi:10.1044/vvd21.1.2
Happy 21st year, Special Interest Group 3, Voice and Voice Disorders!
Change has been the theme of my tenure as Coordinator, and 2011 certainly started out with a bang, and by bang, I mean a bang over our heads with a mallet.
The first change was the surprise increase in physician supervision required when performing the procedure codes 31579 (videostroboscopy) and 92511 (nasopharyngoscopy). The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) changed the rules January 1 and now requires a physician's in-room presence during scope passing for videostroboscopy and nasopharyngoscopy. This is a huge change for anyone performing these procedures (whether hospital- or outpatient-based) from the former rule of a physician in-suite during the procedure. No one—not ASHA, not AAOHNS (American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery), not your billing office—saw this coming. But, as has been the case since the formation of our amazing reimbursement committee, members Barb Jacobson, Sandy Schwartz, Mary Sandage, Dee Nikjeh, Mark Kander (ASHA ex officio), and myself did not skip a beat and took on the job of communicating this change to affiliates and interested parties on our e-mail list. The committee fielded phone calls, e-mails, e-mail list posts, and literally hundreds of questions from concerned affiliates, other SIGs, and physicians since January 3 when the announcement came out from ASHA.
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