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CPT Codes For Obesity Screening & Counseling

Medicare does not allow the billing of other services performed on the same day as an obesity counseling. The CPT codes for obesity screening and counseling are CPT 99401, CPT 99402, CPT G0446, CPT G0447 & CPT G0473. Underneath the descriptions of the CPT codes that can be used for obesity screening and counseling.

List With CPT Codes For Obesity Screening & Counseling

CPT 99401

Description of CPT 99401: Preventive medicine counseling and/or risk factor intervention/s provided to an individual (separate procedure); approximately 15 minutes.

CPT 99402

Description of CPT 99402: Preventive medicine counseling and/or risk factor intervention/s provided to an individual (separate procedure); approximately 30 minutes.

CPT G0446

Description of CPT G0446: Annual, face-to-face intensive behavioral counseling (IBT) for cardio-vascular disease (CVD), individual, 15 minutes.

CPT G0447

Description of CPT G0447: Face-to-face behavioral counseling for obesity, 15 minutes.

CPT G0473

Description of CPT G0473: Face-to-face behavioral counseling for obesity, group (2–10), 30 minutes.

Coding Guidelines

The comprehensive nature of a preventive medicine code reflects an age and gender appropriate examination. When a “Screening code is billed with a preventive medicine code” on the same date of service by the Same Specialty Physician or Other Health Care Professional, “only the preventive medicine code is reimbursed”.Obesity counseling is not separately payable with another encounter/visit on the same day. For services that contain HCPCS code G0447 CPT Code with another encounter/visit with the same date of service, the service line with HCPCS G0447 CPT Code will be denied.This intensive behavioral therapy service is considered to be included in the payment/allowance of other encounter services provided on the same date of service

This does not apply for Initial Preventative Physical Examination (IPPE) claims, claims containing modifier 25 indicating a significant and separate E/M service as distinct from the obesity counseling
For eligible adult health plan members with obesity, defined as Body Mass Index (BMI) equal to or greater than 30 kg/m2, optum will align reimbursement with Medicare including:

  • One face-to-face visit every week for the first month;
  • One face-to-face visit every other week for months 2-6; and
  • One face-to-face visit every month for months 7-12 [if the member meets the 3kg (6.6 lbs.) weight loss requirement during the first 6 months.]

For adult members who do not achieve a weight loss of at least 3 kg (6.6 pounds) during the first 6 months of intensive therapy, a reassessment of their readiness to change and BMI is appropriate after an additional 6-month period.

These visits must be provided by a qualified health care provider.
For eligible children and adolescent (6-18 years) health plan members with overweight, defined as having an age/gender-specific BMI at or above the 85th percentile, Optum will align reimbursement with the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

References

1. https://www.uhcprovider.com/content/dam/provider/docs/public/policies/comm-reimbursement/COMM-Preventive-Medicine-and-Screening-Policy.pdf

2. https://www.ethicon.com/na/system/files/2018-03/087494-180207_2018_Obesity_Rmbrsmnt_Fact_Sheet_r8%20%281%29.pdf

3. https://www.myoptumhealthphysicalhealth.com/Documents/Reimbursement%20Policies/0064_ObesityScreeningandCounselingReimbursementPolicy.pdf

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