CPT Codes for SLPs

CPT Codes for SLPs 

Accurate coding and reporting of SLP CPT codes is critical for appropriate reimbursement for speech evaluation and therapy services. This course is designed to provide the learner with an understanding of the difference between ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes and CPT codes, the most commonly billed CPT codes used for SLP services, and the difference between timed and service-based codes (untimed). In addition, this course will also demonstrate when to use multiple CPT codes and modifiers, and finally outline information to include in documentation so claims are paid by various payers.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


Relias LLC

Introductory Level; Professional Area Level

0.15 ASHA CEUs

Kansas Health Department of Aging and Disability Services (Speech)


Approved for 1.00 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-RTS-0-CCS
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 8/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
Explain the history and role of ICD-10-CM and CPT codes.
Describe the differences and correlation between CPT codes and ICD-10 codes.
Distinguish between timed and service-based codes used for billing SLP services.
Explain the National Correct Coding Initiative and impact on CPT code reporting.
List the most common CPT codes used for SLP services.
Identify documentation practices to support CPT codes used in practice.


Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Learning Objectives
Section 2: Coding Systems
Billing and Coding Through the Ages
History and Understanding of ICD-10 CM
Codes and Abbreviations
Understanding Healthcare Common Procedural Coding System (HCPCS)
Billing and Coding through the Ages – Jade (pediatric), Michael (adult), and George (geriatric)
Section 3: Correct Coding
Code Types
Coding Edits
Coding Modifiers
National and Local Coverage Determinations
Section 4: Coding for Speech Language Pathologists
Typical Payers
Common ICD-10 Codes used for SLP Services
Common CPT Codes: Dysphagia
Common CPT Codes: Speech and Language
Common CPT Codes: Cognitive-Language Function
Common CPT Codes: 2020 Updates
Billing and Coding through the Ages – Jade (pediatric), Michael (adult), and George (geriatric)
Section 5: Documentation Tips
Documentation Requirements
Section 6: Conclusion
Course Contributors

Instructor: Julia Johnson, M.S.,CCC-SLP

Julia is a speech-language pathologist with 20+ years of experience in a variety of healthcare settings. Her initial career was in a Level II Trauma Center as an adult acute care and NICU therapist. At that time, she was also involved in home health care for adults and pediatrics. Most recently her career has been long term care clinical care development and operational management in a private practice where she is a co-owner. She has extensive experience working with dysphagia, speech-language and cognitive-language disorders affecting the adult and geriatric populations. Julia holds certifications in Vital Stim Therapy, Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT – adults and pediatrics) and is a Dementia Capable Care Specialist. She is a university guest lecturer and has spoken nationally on interdisciplinary approaches to dementia care management for increasing awareness and involvement for caregivers and practitioners.

Always interested in advancing her career, Julia recently visited Africa and met a pediatrician dedicated to developing a speech program at her hospital. Julia is now involved in development and consultation of this program for sub-acute and outpatient cases. In addition, Julia is beginning her involvement in Corporate Speech Pathology and was elected to the Executive Board of CORSPAN (Corporate Speech Pathology Network) and currently serves as the Educational Director.

Disclosure: Julia Johnson, M.S.,CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Introductory level Speech and Language Pathologists; in the following settings: Rehabilitation Settings.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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