AMA CPT® Assistant - 1996 Issue 5 (May)

Caloric Vestibular Testing (May 1996)

May 1996 page 5 Coding Tip Caloric Vestibular Testing The parenthetic note included in the text of codes 92533 and 92543, caloric vestibular testing (binaural, bithermal irrigations constitute four tests), is the source of frequent questions. Specifically, how many times are these codes to be reported? Although the terminology of the code seems quite clear, payment policies of many insurers have dictated alternative coding methods. The caloric vestibular test, a measure of vestibular sensitivity, is performed with the patient in a supine position, with the head elevated. The ear is irrigated with water at 86 degrees F (30C) and...

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