The CPT Editorial Panel has editorially revised code 96110 to reflect current practice and to avoid use of inaccurate terms associated with this code. Prior to 2012, code 96110 was described as “developmental testing; limited,” which was incorrect. As of Jan. 1, it was revised to “developmental screening.”

Developmental testing involves a face-to-face service in which the physician directly observes the child performing tasks on a standardized psychometric instrument. Developmental testing objectively measures what the patient is able to do. Developmental screening, on the other hand, asks an observer to record his/her subjective observations of the child’s skills on a standardized and validated screening instrument.

With the release of the 2012 Medicare Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS) final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) changed the status indicator on code 96110 from “A” (Active) to “X” (Statutory Exclusion). (See sidebar for explanation of status indicators.) CMS also...

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