New 2021 CPT Codes for audiology


With 2021 just around the corner, we are excited to share an audiology coding update to help you prepare for these changes.  Effective January 1, 2021, seven new CPT (Current Procedural Terminology®) codes will be assigned to both auditory evoked potentials (AEP) and vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP) testing services.  Please see below for specific information related to these changes.

The four new AEP CPT codes are:

92650   Auditory evoked potentials; screening of auditory potential with broadband stimuli, automated analysis
92651   for hearing status determination, broadband stimuli, with interpretation and report 
92652   for threshold estimation at multiple frequencies, with interpretation and report
             (Do not report 92652 in conjunction with 92651)
92653   neurodiagnostic, with interpretation and report 

The three new VEMP CPT codes are:

92517   Vestibular evoked myogenic potential testing, with interpretation and report; cervical (cVEMP)
             (Do not report 92517 in conjunction with 92270, 92518, 92519)
92518   ocular (oVEMP)
            (Do not report 92518 in conjunction with 92270, 92517, 92519)
92519   cervical (cVEMP) and ocular (oVEMP)
             (Do not report 92519 in conjunction with 92270, 92517, 92518)

Please note the following codes will be deleted effective December 31, 2020.

92585  Auditory evoked potentials for evoked response audiometry and/or testing of central nervous system; comprehensive
92586  Auditory evoked potentials for evoked response audiometry and/or testing of the central nervous system; limited

Both American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and American Academy of Audiology (AAA) worked with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) to develop and provide recommendations to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

Please visit the ASHA and AAA websites for additional information on these efforts and changes. 

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What are Coding Support Services?

In response to the need for a more comprehensive resource, Cochlear has established a Coding Support team. Just as Cochlear innovates and offers new products to support individuals with hearing loss, we offer a range of related resources to support professionals who may have coding-related questions. We recognize that providers are required to use their independent clinical judgment to render services, and the Coding Support team strives to provide timely and up-to-date coverage and reimbursement information to support patient access to Cochlear technology.

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