CPT 92650 describes the screening of auditory potential using auditory evoked potentials with broadband stimuli and automated analysis. This article will cover the description, procedure, qualifying circumstances, appropriate usage, documentation requirements, billing guidelines, historical information, similar codes and billing examples.
1. What is CPT Code 92650?
CPT 92650 can be used to screen auditory potential in patients by measuring their response to sound stimuli. This procedure utilizes auditory evoked potentials and automated analysis to assess the patient’s auditory function. The screening is performed using frequency nonspecific stimuli and provides a pass or fail result through automated analysis.
2. Official Description
The official description of CPT code 92650 is: ‘Auditory evoked potentials; screening of auditory potential with broadband stimuli, automated analysis.’
- The provider places electrodes behind the patient’s ears and on their forehead.
- Earphones are placed over the patient’s ears.
- One or more sounds are presented through the earphones.
- A computer attached to the electrodes records the electrical responses (auditory evoked potentials) to the auditory stimuli.
- The test uses broadband stimuli, which may include clicks, chirps, or other noises.
- The results (pass or fail) are generated through automated analysis that requires minimal human assistance.
4. Qualifying circumstances
CPT 92650 is used for patients who require screening of their auditory potential. This procedure is typically performed in the office of a primary care provider. Patients with a fail result may be referred to an otolaryngology specialist for further evaluation.
5. When to use CPT code 92650
CPT code 92650 should be used when a provider needs to screen a patient’s auditory potential using auditory evoked potentials and automated analysis. This code is appropriate for patients who require a pass or fail result to assess their auditory function. It is important to note that this code is specifically for automated analysis and should not be used for other types of auditory testing.
6. Documentation requirements
To support a claim for CPT 92650, the provider must document the following information:
- Patient’s need for auditory potential screening
- Specific details of the procedure, including electrode placement and stimuli used
- Date and time of the screening
- Results of the screening (pass or fail)
- Signature of the provider performing the procedure
7. Billing guidelines
When billing for CPT 92650, ensure that the procedure meets the requirements outlined in the official description. This code should only be reported for automated analysis of auditory evoked potentials using broadband stimuli. It is important to note that CPT 92650 should not be reported with other codes unless specified by specific payer guidelines.
8. Historical information
CPT 92650 was added to the Current Procedural Terminology system on January 1, 2021. There have been no updates or changes to the code since its addition.
- A primary care provider performs a screening of auditory potential using auditory evoked potentials and automated analysis for a patient with suspected hearing loss.
- A pediatrician utilizes CPT 92650 to assess the auditory function of an infant with a family history of hearing impairment.
- An occupational health clinic performs a routine auditory potential screening for employees exposed to high levels of noise in their workplace.
- A school nurse uses CPT code 92650 to screen the auditory potential of a student with suspected hearing difficulties.
- An otolaryngologist performs a follow-up screening of auditory potential using auditory evoked potentials and automated analysis for a patient who previously failed the initial screening.
- A neurologist utilizes CPT 92650 to assess the auditory function of a patient with suspected central nervous system abnormalities.
- A geriatrician performs a screening of auditory potential using auditory evoked potentials and automated analysis for an elderly patient experiencing age-related hearing loss.
- An audiologist utilizes CPT code 92650 to assess the auditory function of a patient with tinnitus.
- A speech-language pathologist performs a screening of auditory potential using auditory evoked potentials and automated analysis for a child with speech and language delays.
- A rehabilitation specialist utilizes CPT 92650 to assess the auditory function of a patient recovering from a traumatic brain injury.