Dollars $$ Sense An Update on Coding Basics for Voice Care Dollars $$ Sense
Dollars $$ Sense  |   July 01, 2011
Dollars $$ Sense
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  • Dee Adams Nikjeh
    ASHA Health Care Economics Committee, Co-Chair, Special Interest Group #3, Reimbursement Work Group
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Dollars $$ Sense
Dollars $$ Sense   |   July 01, 2011
Dollars $$ Sense
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2011, Vol. 21, 45-47. doi:10.1044/vvd21.2.45
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2011, Vol. 21, 45-47. doi:10.1044/vvd21.2.45
There have been several changes over the past several years in the major health care coding systems that affect billing procedures for the evaluation and treatment of voice disorders. This column will address some of the most frequently asked coding questions pertaining to the use of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT codes) and International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM codes).
But first, here's the latest on what I call the videostroboscopy supervision fiasco. Representatives from ASHA and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) met with representatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 31 to discuss the unexpected level of supervision change for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) providing videostroboscopy from direct supervision to personal supervision effective January 2011. For the initial story, refer to Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, 21(1), 5-7. I was present at this meeting and feel cautiously optimistic that the decision may be changed. There will be continued discussion to address CMS' concerns. A decision will be posted by CMS in its regulatory update in July or October 2011.
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