Top codes for speech therapy
Speech therapy improves communication skills and can greatly improve the quality of life for those experiencing difficulties with speech and language. We analyzed data from our Atlas All-Payor Claims database and compiled a list of the top 10 CPT codes for speech therapy in 2022.
Top 10 CPT codes related to speech therapy in 2022
|Rank||CPT code||Description||% of procedures||Explore dataset|
|2||92526||ORAL FUNCTION THERAPY||5.7%||Explore|
|3||92523||SPEECH SOUND LANG COMPREHEN||2.5%||Explore|
|4||97535||SELF CARE MNGMENT TRAINING||2.0%||Explore|
|5||97129||THER IVNTJ 1ST 15 MIN||1.8%||Explore|
|7||97130||THER IVNTJ EA ADDL 15 MIN||1.6%||Explore|
|9||92609||USE OF SPEECH DEVICE SERVICE||0.9%||Explore|
|10||99213||OFFICE O/P EST LOW 20-29 MIN||0.8%||Explore|
Which CPT code for speech therapy had the highest percentage of total procedures?
CPT code 92507, speech/hearing therapy, unspecified, ranks first for percentage of total procedures performed by a speech pathologist, accounting for 69%. This code has a significantly higher percentage than the rest of the codes, which may be related to the statistic that 5% to 10% of people in the U.S. have a communication disorder.
The second place code, 92526, oral function therapy, has only 5.7% of total procedures. Oral therapy uses exercise to correct improper tongue and facial muscle function. Code 92523, speech, sound, and language comprehension, is in third place, with 2.5%.
What is speech therapy?
Speech therapy is a form of therapy that improves skills and treats conditions related to speech and language.
Some of the skills commonly worked on include:
- Sound production
Who provides speech therapy?
Speech-language pathologists, also called speech therapists, diagnose and treat conditions related to communication. They work with various patients, including children with speech disorders and older adults experiencing speech impairment.
What is an example of speech therapy?
If a child has difficulty producing certain sounds, they may benefit from speech therapy. A speech-language pathologist can work with them to identify the sounds they are substituting and learn how to better articulate the word.
What is a developmental disorder of speech and language?
A developmental disorder of speech and language is referred to as “developmental language disorder” or “DLD.” This disorder interferes with an individual’s ability to learn, understand, and use language. Importantly, this disorder does not result from another condition, like autism. It affects one in 14 kindergarten-aged children.
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