Food for Thought Is Scoping in Your Scope? Viewpoint
Viewpoint  |   June 01, 2003
Food for Thought
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Nancy B. Swigert
    Swigert & Associates, Inc. Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington, KY
  • Nancy Swigert is director of Swigert & Associates, Inc, a private practice speech-language pathology agency and is director of speech-language pathology at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, KY Her e-mail address is nswigert@aol.com.
Article Information
Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Food for Thought
Viewpoint   |   June 01, 2003
Food for Thought
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2003, Vol. 12, 30-32. doi:10.1044/sasd12.2.30
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2003, Vol. 12, 30-32. doi:10.1044/sasd12.2.30
An increasing number of speech-language pathologists are performing endoscopy to assess the pharyngeal phase of the swallow. The use of this instrumental tool has been clearly defined by ASHA as within our scope, to include:
A joint position paper, Roles of the Speech-Language Pathologist and Otolaryngologist in the Performance and Interpretation of Endoscopic Evaluations of Swallowing, between the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and ASHA clearly supports the role of speech-language pathologists utilizing endoscopy in the evaluation and treatment of dysphagia:
There have even been codes added to the AMA-CPT manual for performing FEES/FEESST, and these codes are placed in a section of the CPT manual entitled “Evaluative and Therapeutic Services,” along with other speech-language pathology and audiology codes. The AMA indicates that these codes are typically performed by a physician or speech-language pathologist.
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