Voice Prosthesis - L8509


True Blue
Local Chapter Officer
East Greenbush, NY
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For anyone who works for speech pathology:

In 2010, Medicare changed it's policy regarding billing for voice prosthesis, L8509. Prior to 10/1/10, patients could bring in the prosthesis and the provider would insert the device. Now, providers are required to bill for both the procedure and the devices with this code. I have been asked to provide advice on if this same practice should be done for commercial carriers as well. My gut tells me it's up to each carrier, but I wanted to toss this question out here in case there are any experts out there with this procedure.

Thank you.