New and Revised CPT Codes For 2017
The following are changes and additions to speech-language pathology related Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes,place of service (POS) codes, and modifiers effective January 1, 2017.
New CPT Codes
No new speech-language pathology codes have been added for 2017.
Revised CPT Codes
31575, Laryngoscopy, flexible; diagnostic (2016 version: Laryngoscopy, flexible fiberoptic; diagnostic)
31579, Laryngoscopy, flexible or rigid telescopic, with stroboscopy (2016 version: Laryngoscopy, flexible or rigid fiberoptic, with stroboscopy
ASHA Note: These changes were made to reflect current technology and do not change how the codes are used.
Deleted CPT Codes
No speech-language pathology codes have been deleted for 2017.
New CPT Code Modifier
95, Synchronous telemedicine service rendered via a real-time interactive audio and video telecommunications system
ASHA Note: This new modifier was created by the American Medical Association through the CPT system and does not replace the existing GQ (Telehealth service rendered via asynchronous telecommunications system) and GT (Telehealth service rendered via interactive audio and video telecommunications system) modifiers that were created through the Health Care Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS). Speech-language pathologists should check with payers regarding implementation and use of telepractice related modifiers on the claim form.
New Place of Service (POS) Code
02, The location where health services and health related services are provided or received, through a telecommunication system
ASHA Note: This new POS code was created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Speech-language pathologists should check with payers regarding implementation and use in conjunction with telepractice related claims. More information on POS codes is available on the CMS website.