Coverage of Voice Amplifiers Under Medicare
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has
determined that voice amplifiers used for beneficiaries with
impaired function of their larynx (which is still present) are
eligible for coverage by Medicare. This decision is retroactive
and therefore applies to any dates of service on which these
items were/are provided.
When billing for these items use new HCPCS code L8510 (voice
amplifiers) and include the name, model number and manufacturer
of the device.
Because a voice amplifier is not the same as a voice
prosthesis, do not use the HCPCS codes that describe an
artificial larynx (L8500) or tracheostomy speaking valve (L8501).
Source: DMERC regional bulletins, Autumn 2001. For
additional information, search the
DMERC Supplier Web site.