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92551 versus 92552 in terms of the device used?

obinna Posted Fri 24th of July, 2015 12:04:28 PM

The device used in order to code 92551, is it the same device used in order to code 92552?

We have been coding with 92551 and the device the doctor uses for that is "AudioScope Screening Audiometer/Otoscope".

Is "AudioScope Screening Audiometer/Otoscope" also used in order to code for 92552?

SuperCoder Answered Mon 27th of July, 2015 01:28:42 AM

Pure-tone audiometry is broadly defined as either screening or threshold search. Screening audiometry presents tones across the speech spectrum (500 to 4,000 Hz) at the upper limits of normal hearing (25 to 30 dB for adults, and 15 to 20 dB for children).17 Results are recorded as pass, indicating that the patient's hearing levels are within normal limits, or refer, indicating that hearing loss is possible and a repeat screening test or a threshold search test is recommended.

Threshold search audiometry determines the softest sound a patient can hear at each frequency 50 percent of the time. This testing requires more time and expertise than screening audiometry. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has a recommended procedure for pure-tone threshold search tests known as the modified Hughson-Westlake method.18 Testing begins with the ear in which the patient perceives to have better hearing. The tester presents a pure tone at a clearly audible level. After the patient responds to the pure-tone signal, the tester decreases intensity by 10 dB and presents the tone again. If the patient responds to this tone, a “down 10” pattern is employed, with the tester decreasing the intensity of the tone by 10 dB and presenting a tone until the patient no longer responds.18 The tester then increases tone intensity by 5 dB until the patient responds. This is the patient's initial ascending response.

You can use CPT 92551 and 92552 for AudioScope Screening Audiometer/Otoscope.

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