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 under the prosthetic devices benefit category. When billing for these items, use 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). For additional information, contact the durable medical equipment (DME) Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) in your jurisdiction. You can also look up pricing in your area through Medicare's DME fee schedule look up tool.

See also: Health Care Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Level II Codes: AAC and Other Speech-Language Pathology Related Devices

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