The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) recently published an outline of changes in The ASHA Leader that will affect audiology Medicare reimbursements in 2013 and beyond.

The summary was written by Lisa Satterfield, MS, CCC-A, ASHA’s director of health care regulatory advocacy; Neela Swanson, ASHA’s associate director of health care economics and coding; and Mark Kander, ASHA’s director of health care regulatory analysis.

Among the changes for 2013, audiologists will need to use new CPT codes for electrophysiologic evaluations and intraoperative monitoring.

In addition, Medicare has issued final rules for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), which may affect audiologists receiving reimbursements if they do not comply with the final rules.

The authors have also updated information about practice expenses, work values for Otoacoustic Emission (OEA) codes, and rates for key hospital-based outpatient audiology services under Medicare’s Outpatient Prospective Payment System.

Read the full summary on ASHA’s website. More detailed information is also available at ASHA’s Billing and Reimbursement Web page.

SOURCE: The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)