Medicare Strides in 2004; Heads-up for 2005 Article
Article  |   March 01, 2005
Medicare
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Hearing Disorders / Practice Management / Professional Issues & Training / Regulatory, Legislative & Advocacy / Medicare
Article   |   March 01, 2005
Medicare
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, March 2005, Vol. 15, 9-11. doi:10.1044/aas15.1.9
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, March 2005, Vol. 15, 9-11. doi:10.1044/aas15.1.9
The close of 2004 brought good news from ASHA’s Health Care Economics Committee (HCEC). The October, November, and December issues of The ASHA Leader detailed the following accomplishments.
Three new CPT codes were added for diagnostic audiology services:
Reimbursement rates were increased for designated audiological procedures:
Reimbursement was increased for cochlear implant follow-up services in hospital outpatient settings. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) agreed with ASHA’s argument that reimbursement for CPT codes 92601—92604 were unreasonably low. CMS subsequently created a new Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC), Level III Audiometry, reimbursed at $104.92, reflecting a 58% increase over the 2004 rate.
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