Q: What code(s) should physicians report for the interpretation component of auditory brainstem response (ABR), Electronystagmography(ENG) and Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) services?
A: The following CPT codes for ABR, ENG, and OAE services have separately defined technical (TC) and professional (26) components according to the AMA’s Current Procedural Terminology.
You can report the professional component of the ABR using modifier 26. The audiologist (if he or she is employed by the facility) or the facility would bill the technical component using the TC modifier.
Note: If the physician or physician group owns the audiometric equipment in the office, he or she should not append any modifiers to the CPT codes. In this case, the physician or physician group is entitled to reimbursement of both the professional and technical components.
Reviewed July 2006
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