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Otolaryngology Coding Alert

Keep CMS Audiology Test Pay Rolling in With This Direct Coding Primer

You can achieve NPI reportability using these insider tips If you think that meeting Medicare's October implementation date to directly report audiologists- services is a pipe dream, these facts will help make complying with the NPI mandate obtainable. On Feb. 29, CMS issued Transmittal 84, which will restrict payment for audiological diagnostic services to qualified audiologists- coding services under the AuD's National Provider Identifier (NPI), effective May 23. "We have been hearing rumors that this was going to happen, but it was kind of abrupt," says Julie Keene, CPC, at University ENT Specialists Inc. in Cincinnati. The American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery/Foundation (AAO-HNS) worked with CMS to give practices more wiggle room. "We communicated to CMS a need for clarification and a reasonable length of time to comply with the policy," said David R. Nielsen, MD, AAO-HNS executive vice president and CEO in an e-mail blast. CMS will [...]

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