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HLAA Testifies at a Public Hearing on Medicare/Medicaid Coding for Cochlear Implants

June 1, 2009

On May 27, 2009, Brenda Battat, executive director of HLAA testified before the CMS Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Workgroup on issues related to coding of replacement parts for the external processor of the cochlear implant. HLAA requested new codes for the most expensive parts, the sound processor and the cable/coil. Traditionally Medicare/Medicaid has categorized all replacement parts under a miscellaneous code that is below actual costs leaving the balance to be paid out of pocket by the patient. Brenda Battat spoke on behalf of HLAA members many of whom are implant users. She herself uses an implant. HLAA also submitted written comments to the workgroup. Read HLAA’s comments [View PDF]

Ginger Grant, audiologist, Brenda Battat, executive director of HLAA, and AG Bell member and parent of a son with a cochlear implant Marcy Kelly testified before the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Workgroup on issues related coding of replacement parts for cochlear implants.