Dollars $$ Sense New Speech-Language Pathology Code Dollars $$ Sense
Dollars $$ Sense  |   July 01, 2010
Dollars $$ Sense
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  • Dee Adams Nikjeh
    ASHA Health Care Economics Committee, Division 3 Special Interest Division 3 Reimbursement Committee
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Dollars $$ Sense
Dollars $$ Sense   |   July 01, 2010
Dollars $$ Sense
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2010, Vol. 20, 45-46. doi:10.1044/vvd20.2.45
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2010, Vol. 20, 45-46. doi:10.1044/vvd20.2.45
Just in case you have not heard the exciting news, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can now bill Medicare directly for laryngeal function studies (CPT 92520). This procedural code previously was considered a physician code that required that SLPs who rendered this procedure do so under physician supervision and bill the procedure “incident to physician services.” Well, no more! After 2 years of advocacy by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA; and shameful nagging on my part), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has added CPT code 92520, “Laryngeal Function Studies (i.e., aerodynamic testing and acoustic testing)” to the “sometimes therapy” code list. The change appears in the 2010 annual update to the therapy code list (see www.cms.hhs.gov/Transmittals/downloads/R1850CP.pdf).
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