Developmental screening, surveillance, and assessment are often complemented by the use of special tests, which vary in length. This article provides guidance on how pediatricians can appropriately report limited and extended developmental screening and testing services.

The use of developmental screening instruments of a limited nature (eg, Developmental Screening Test II, Early Language Milestone Screen, Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status [PEDS], Ages and Stages, Vanderbilt attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder [ADHD] rating scales) is reported using Physicians’ Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code 96110, developmental testing; limited. Code 96110 is often reported when performed in the context of preventive medicine services, but may also be reported when screening is performed with other evaluation and management (E/M) services such as acute illness or follow-up office visits. On the 2005 Medicare fee schedule (Resource-Based Relative Value Scale [RBRVS]), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a total relative value unit (RVU)...

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