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Depression Screening

Tina Posted Tue 14th of February, 2017 10:09:59 AM
The AAP recommends screening for depression at a well child visit age 11-21. What are the appropriate codes for the screening assessment.
SuperCoder Answered Wed 15th of February, 2017 08:20:54 AM


The appropriate code for screening assessment for depression is 96127 (Brief emotional/behavioral assessment [eg, depression inventory, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder [ADHD] scale), with scoring and documentation, per standardized instrument].

When a standardized screen or assessment is administered along with any E/M service (eg, preventive medicine service), both services should be reported and modifier 25 (significant, separately identifiable E/M service by the same physician on the same day of the procedure or other service) should be appended to the E/M code to show the E/M service was distinct and necessary at the same visit.

Thank you

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