The American Academy of Pediatrics‘ Division of Health Care Finance and Practice Improvement, in a recent issue of AAP News, has addressed a coding question that should be of interest to providers of pediatric mental health services.

The question concerns coding for emotional/behavioral assessment versus developmental assessment.

As AAP notes in the Coding Corner column, “With the addition of CPT code 96127 for emotional and behavioral assessment, questions have arisen regarding the appropriate code for some of the instruments administered to pediatric patients.”

The article goes on to discuss why there is confusion, rules to follow when coding for these assessments and commonly administered instruments in pediatric practices along with their recommended CPT code.

To access the AAP News column, click here.

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