As a speech therapist business, it is extremely important that you are updated and informed about the most recent changes in medical billing. As I’m sure you know, understanding the ins and outs of the billing process can be a particularly difficult area to manage. Regulations change frequently, and even the smallest mistake can lead to a claim rejection or denial. In turn, these slip-ups cause a halt in reimbursement, making it a lengthy and difficult process to receive payment for your services. However, with time and effort, there is no reason why your practice shouldn’t perfect its billing process. To help you out, we’ve provided some information on the top 3 CPT codes that are used in billing so you can improve your speech language therapy outcomes and processes.
CPT Code 92507: Auditory Processing Disorders
This code refers to the treatment of speech, language, voice, communication, and/or auditory processing disorder. It is important to note that this is only applicable to individual patients who are a part of developmental treatment programs under the supervision and direction of a therapist. Typically, auditory processing disorder treatments include speech therapy, sign language, lip reading instruction, and hearing rehabilitation.
CPT Code 92521: Evaluation of Speech Fluency
This code refers to the evaluation of speech fluency, most commonly including stuttering and cluttering. It should be used when the therapist evaluates their patient’s fluency level and speech fluency disorders. These assessments are categorized according to severity, frequency, and self-awareness, which the therapist should determine during the session. It is also important to note that certain procedures, including anterior rhinoscopy, otoscopy, and removing non-impacted cerumen also usually come under the 92521 code.
CPT Code 92523: Speech Sound Production and Expressive Language
This code is related to the patient’s speech sound production and evaluation of comprehension and expression. Articulation, apraxia, and dysarthria all fall under speech sound production, in addition to the ability of the patient to express themselves using language. The therapist should note the patient’s motor movement (regarding speech), written comprehension, verbal expression, and attempts made by the patient to communicate verbally.