Orders for Audiology Testing

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August 21, 2014

Question:  

Someone just told me that we need to have an order on the chart for audiology testing. Is this true?

Answer:

Yes, Medicare requires an order from a physician or non-physician practitioner (NPP), such as a Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner, to bill and be reimbursed for audiologic diagnostic testing services. These services are not covered under Medicare without an order even if a problem/condition is discovered during testing. However, Medicare does say that an audiologist may order and perform further specific testing based on the results obtained during the performance of the initially ordered diagnostic testing. Click here to access the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual.