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CPT for ENT: Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential (VEMP)

CPT for ENT: Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential (VEMP)

Q: What is the correct code to report for Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential (VEMP) testing?

A:  Prior to 2021, VEMPs were commonly reported with the old ABR code, 92585.  This practice was discouraged by this resource and the recommendation was to report VEMPs with 92700, unlisted otorhinolaryngological service or procedure. 

As literature support and utilization of VEMPs increased and the need for granularity in reporting ABRs developed, our society worked with neurology and audiology societies to develop new codes for ABRs and VEMPs separately.

For VEMPS:

  • 92517 Vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP) testing, with interpretation and report; cervical (cVEMP)
  • 92518 ocular (oVEMP)
  • 92519 cervical (cVEMP) and ocular (oVEMP)

For ABRs:

  • 92650 Auditory evoked potentials; screening of auditory potential with broadband stimuli, automated analysis (This is intended for automated screening eg in newborns)
  • 92651 for hearing status determination, broadband stimuli, with interpretation and report (this is a non-automated confirmatory test to determine if a hearing loss is present)
  • 92652 for threshold estimation at multiple frequencies, with interpretation and report (This is a frequency-specific threshold test to allow fitting of amplification)
  • 92653 neurodiagnostic, with interpretation and report (This is an auditory brainstem response test to evaluate waveforms)

Revised October 2023

 

 

 

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