The expanded insurance availability and first-dollar benefits for preventive services offered under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act should open access to preventive care for nearly all children. Pediatricians are well-positioned for these opportunities through the efforts of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Bright Futures. However, as you prepare for increased delivery of recommended preventive pediatric health care, your practice should be prepared to appropriately report these services and others that may be provided on the same date. This is a good time to review the “Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care” periodicity table with a focus on which services are included in Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) preventive medicine services codes and which are separately reported. (Access the periodicity table at http://brightfutures.aap.org/.)

Preventive services, as defined by CPT and reported with codes 99381–99387 and 99391–99397 (see Table 1 for descriptions of codes applicable to pediatric patients),...

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