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Voice Amplifiers Covered by Medicare
Original Effective Date: 10/01/2001
Revision Effective Date: 11/01/2013
The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) has determined that voice amplifiers used for beneficiaries with impaired function of their larynx (which is still present) are eligible for coverage by Medicare. This decision is retroactive, and therefore applies to any dates of service on which these items were/are provided.
When billing for these items use HCPCS code L8499 (unlisted procedure for miscellaneous prosthetic services); include the name, model number and manufacturer of the device as well as documentation explaining the medical necessity for the item.
Because a voice amplifier is not the same as a voice prosthesis, do not use the HCPCS codes that describe an artificial larynx (L8500), or tracheostomy speaking valve (L8501).