Don’t delete that email!
Starting Oct. 22, emails may appear in speech-language pathologists’ inboxes, and you want to pay attention to them. A response to these crucial messages can influence how payers calculate reimbursement for your services.
As a practicing SLP, you can help determine fair rates by completing Current Procedural Terminology (CPT® American Medical Association) code surveys related to cognitive treatment. Are you ready to make a difference? Learn how a CPT code becomes a code and your role in the process.
The American Medical Association’s step-by-step guide shows you how to accurately—and objectively—complete the survey:
We know—most surveys are an annoyance. But these can directly affect how Medicare and other insurers value your services.
Here’s what you need to know:
Help inform payers about the worth of your work. You, the practicing SLP, are most qualified to describe the value of the skilled care you provide. CPT code surveys collect these data, which inform value recommendations submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for each CPT code. CMS considers the recommendations in developing the annual Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for Part B (outpatient) services. Many Medicaid programs and private payers use the MPFS as the basis for their own fee schedules, so this process can significantly affect fee schedules beyond Medicare.
Your input is critical for another reason. ASHA needs a minimum number of member survey responses to maintain its ability to advocate for equitable professional work values for speech-language pathology services.
Check your inbox (and junk mail) for the CPT code surveys coming soon! ASHA will email surveys to a random sample of SLPs the week of October 22. Please complete the survey(s) if you regularly perform the service described by the CPT code(s).
Neela Swanson is ASHA’s director of health care policy, coding and reimbursement. email@example.com