Vision and hearing screens are performed on a 4-year-old established patient in conjunction with his preventive medicine visit. You perform the hearing screen using behavioral pure tone audiometry, air only, and report Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code 92551 with International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) code V72.19 (other examination of ears and hearing). The visual acuity screening test (ie, Snellen chart) is reported with CPT code 99172 (visual function screening, automated or semiautomated). ICD-9-CM code V72.0 (examination of eyes and vision) is reported with code 99172. Were these services reported correctly?

The hearing screen is reported correctly with code 92551 (screening test, pure tone, air only). However, the vision screen should be reported with code 99173 (screening test of visual acuity, quantitative, bilateral).

Practices many times confuse code 99173 with code99172. Codes 99172 and 99173 both include the description in CPT that the screening...

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