tci E/M Coding Alert - 2017 Issue 6

Reader Question: Get New Health Risk Assessment Instrument Codes

Question: Can you tell me about code 99420? One of our physicians wants more information about it. North Carolina Subscriber Answer: Effective in January 2017, CPT® deleted evaluation and management (E/M) code 99420 (Administration and interpretation of health risk assessment instrument [eg, health hazard appraisal]). Now, to report administration of a patient-focused or caregiver-focused health risk assessment instrument, CPT® advises you to look to the following new codes instead of 99420: 96160, Administration of patient-focused health risk assessment instrument (eg, health hazard appraisal) with scoring and documentation, per standardized instrument 96161, Administration of caregiver-focused health risk assessment instrument (eg...

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