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How is Auditory Rehabilitation Billed?

How is Auditory Rehabilitation Billed?

Medical billing changes occur each and every year in America. 2006 has brought many changes to the forefront. Aural Rehabilitation is one major area of confusion. Medical billing changes to Aural Rehab CPT codes have wrongly caused many people to believe Aural Rehabilitation is not covered.

Medicare actually assigned status code “I” to all new medical billing codes for auditory rehabilitation. These codes are 92630 and 92633. This means that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will not pay for auditory rehabilitation, only diagnostic audiology. However, this is only true if an audiologist performs the service and the medical billing.

There are several other medical professionals that could possibly perform medical billing for aural rehabilitation. A speech language pathologist is one example of a provider who could get reimbursed by CMS for aural rehab.

It is important when reviewing new medical billing changes not to jump to any conclusions. If you did this, you could be missing out on money. For example, there may still be speech pathologists that perform aural rehabilitation, but don’t perform medical billing for the service. Any new change should be closely research and inspected for validity for your practice.

Hiring a medical billing firm to review new coding changes and to handle your claims is a wise idea. Training your own staff could take a lot of time and effort. Medical billing companies deal with policy changes daily. They can much more aptly adapt to new coding issues. The best thing your staff can do is providing quality customer service. Medical billing is behind-the-scenes work. It is no big deal to outsource your medical billing for this reason. Medical billing firms can provide your practice with the highest quality claims with the quickest processing times.

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