Speech Pathologists May Bill Medicare Directly
Speech-language pathologists (SLP) will soon be able to enroll in the Medicare program and subsequently bill Medicare for outpatient speech-language pathology services furnished in private practice.
SLPs may enroll as suppliers of Medicare services as early as June 2 and, upon successful enrollment, submit Medicare claims for services furnished in private practice on or after July 1.
Previously, Medicare only reimbursed SLP services billed by providers, physicians, and nonphysician practitioners.
See the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Transmittal 106, Change Request 6381, issued April 24, for business requirements and changes to the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, chapter 15, section 230.4.