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CPT Code 96127 | Brief Emotional/Behavioral Assessment

You can use CPT 96127 for Brief emotional/behavioral assessment with scoring and documentation, which can be billed for each standardized instrument. 

What Is CPT Code 96127

CPT 96127 reports a healthcare provider’s administration of a standardized cognitive function assessment instrument. A cognitive function assessment is a test that measures a person’s cognitive abilities, including memory, attention, language, and problem-solving skills.

The CPT code 96127 is typically used to report the administration of a standardized, validated, and reliable cognitive function assessment instrument specifically designed to measure cognitive function in a particular patient population (e.g., individuals with a specific medical condition or age group).

96127 may be used in various settings, including outpatient clinics, hospitals, and long-term care facilities.


The CPT book describes CPT 96127 as: “Brief emotional/behavioral assessment (e.g., depression inventory, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder [ADHD] scale), with scoring and documentation, per standardized instrument.”

  1. Procedure

The provider administers tests to evaluate the patient for emotional and behavioral problems.

This includes various standardized instruments, such as a depression inventory, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder scale, and symptom questionnaires.

The provider then scores the tests and records the results.

How To Use CPT Code 96127

Report CPT 96127 code for each instrument used to assess the patient’s emotional state and behavior.


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