The addition of code 96127 to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) in 2015 breaks out the services of emotional and behavioral assessments from developmental screening reported with code 96110. This may change how your practice reports preventive medicine encounters including recommended screening and assessments.

In addition to adding the code for brief emotional and behavioral assessments, there is an editorial revision to code 96110 to better reflect that this code represents the practice expense of providing the screening instrument and clinical staff time involved in providing instructions for instrument completion, scoring, and documentation of the screening.

With these changes, code 96110 is now used only to report standardized screening to identify childhood and adolescent developmental levels. Code 96127 is used to report use of a standardized instrument to assess the patient’s emotional and/or behavioral health. The related work of the physician’s interpretation of the scored instrument in...

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