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New Speech Therapy Evaluation Codes: Effective January 1, 2014

  
  
  

The CPT code 92506 (Evaluation of speech, language, voice, and communication) will be deleted on January 1, 2014 and replaced with four new, more specific evaluation codes related to language, speech sound production, voice and resonance, and fluency disorders.

The new evaluation CPT codes are

    • New CPT Codes - Speech therapy Evaluation codes92521  Evaluation of speech fluency (e.g., stuttering, cluttering).
    • 92522  Evaluation of speech sound production (e.g., articulation, phonological process, apraxia, dysarthria).
    • 92523  Evaluation of speech sound production (e.g., articulation, phonological process, apraxia, dysarthria); with evaluation of language comprehension and expression (e.g., receptive and expressive language).
    • 92524  Behavioral and qualitative analysis of voice and resonance.

These new speech therapy evaluation CPT codes may be used for any patient population, as long as they are the most descriptive of the evaluation being provided.  There are other evaluation codes for Dysphagia (92610), Aphasia (96105), and Cognitive Performance Testing (96125).

For Speech Language Pathologists (SLP’s) who were evaluating cognition with use of 92506, the Cognitive Performance Testing, 96125, would be more appropriate as of January 1, 2014.  The new CPT code 92523 includes evaluation of both receptive/expressive language and sound production.

Speech therapy treatment codes remain the same.  Dysphagia treatment sessions are coded as 92526.  Treatments for speech/auditory disorders are coded as 92507CCI edits (correct coding initiative) have not been published and will not appear until the first quarter of 2014.

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