Financial and Business Issues: Recommendations for New and Revised CPT Codes ASHA is seeking comments regarding CPT codes. At the Miami Convention, a joint meeting of the MICS (Medicare Intermediary & Carrier State Network) and STAR (State Advocates for Reimbursement Network) networks addressed possible future CPT codes. I provided background on the protocol for application to the American Medical Association ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2007
Financial and Business Issues: Recommendations for New and Revised CPT Codes
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Mark Kander
    Health Care Regulatory Analysis, ASHA, Rockville, MD
  • Peter R. JohnsonColumn Editor
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Balance & Balance Disorders / Practice Management / Professional Issues & Training / Regulatory, Legislative & Advocacy / ASHA News & Member Stories / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Financial and Business Issues
Article   |   March 01, 2007
Financial and Business Issues: Recommendations for New and Revised CPT Codes
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, March 2007, Vol. 17, 3-4. doi:10.1044/aas17.1.3
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, March 2007, Vol. 17, 3-4. doi:10.1044/aas17.1.3
ASHA is seeking comments regarding CPT codes. At the Miami Convention, a joint meeting of the MICS (Medicare Intermediary & Carrier State Network) and STAR (State Advocates for Reimbursement Network) networks addressed possible future CPT codes. I provided background on the protocol for application to the American Medical Association for new codes. Any party may apply for new codes, but the related professional medical societies will provide comments at review meetings of the CPT Editorial Panel.
The ASHA Health Care Economics Committee (HCEC) continues to consider timed codes (15-minute units) and remains interested in all perspectives. The committee’s reluctance to move forward with timed codes may be removed in the not-too-distant future. The concern was that major codes consist of Medicare professional work relative value units (RVUs), and the full value of that work could be lost if the codes were revised. However, on November 14, 2006, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) referred the matter of professional work for speech-language pathology and audiology procedures back to the appropriate committee of the American Medical Association and stated that CMS would consider RVU recommendations for professional work.
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