The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) have announced the publication of seven new Current Procedural Terminology (CPT ®) codes for auditory-evoked potentials (AEP) and vestibular-evoked myogenic potential (VEMP) services.
The American Medical Association CPT Editorial Panel approved these codes for implementation on January 1, 2021.
ASHA and AAA, working with the American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, led an effort to replace two AEP testing codes (CPT 92585 and 92586) with four new codes to better define and describe the work being performed for these services. CPT codes 92585 and 92586 are deleted effective December 31, 2020.
New Audiology Codes
The four new AEP CPT codes are as follows:
Auditory-evoked potentials; screening of auditory potential with broadband stimuli, automated analysis
For hearing status determination, broadband stimuli, with interpretation and report
For threshold estimation at multiple frequencies, with interpretation and report
(Do not report 92652 in conjunction with 92651)
Neurodiagnostic, with interpretation and report
In addition, the groups developed three new codes to simplify reporting of VEMP testing. The new VEMP CPT codes are as follows:
Vestibular-evoked myogenic potential testing, with interpretation and report; cervical (cVEMP)
(Do not report 92517 in conjunction with 92270, 92518, 92519)
(Do not report 92518 in conjunction with 92270, 92517, 92519)
Cervical and ocular
(Do not report 92519 in conjunction with 92270, 92517, 92518)
ASHA and AAA will provide further details and education on these coding changes in the near future. The Academy’s website provides more information on 2021 coding updates.
See the AMA’s website for information regarding the release of CPT 2021.
Source: AAA, ASHA