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CPT Code for Unsuccessful OAE Evaluation

Robert C. Fifer, PhD

April 5, 2004

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What CPT code should you use when a diagnostic OAE evaluation could not be performed due to high internal noise and/or infant was very active?

Answer

There are two options depending on how far into the evaluation you got before terminating. If you got part way through the procedure and had to terminate, then you could code 92588-52. The ''-52'' means abbreviated procedure. If the procedure never really got started because the child was too active and unfit for test, then it would not be appropriate to bill any code because the procedure did not take place.

BIO:
Dr. Fifer is the Director of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Miami's Mailman Center for Child Development. He is also a member of ASHA's Health Care Economic Committee and ASHA's representative to the AMA's Relative Value Update Committee/Health Care Professions Advisory Committee.


robert c fifer

Robert C. Fifer, PhD

Director of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami

Robert C. Fifer, Ph.D. is Director of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami.  Dr. Fifer represents ASHA on the AQC. 


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