Reston, Va — The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) announced that it has been awarded a seat on the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology/Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee (CPT/HCPAC), a panel of specialty societies that review and develop applications for CPT codes.

In the past, the audiology profession was represented on the CPT/HCPAC by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), which also represented the field of speech language pathology. It has long been the position of AAA that audiology and speech language pathology are two separate professions that deserve distinct representation.

CPT codes describe medical, surgical, and diagnostic services, and are designed to communicate information about medical services and procedures among physicians, patients, and health care payors, including Medicare. According to AAA, “The profession of audiology now has greater representation and a larger stake in decisions that ultimately impact reimbursement to audiologists for covered Medicare services.”

SOURCE: American Academy of Audiology