Emergency Update – New Screening Code G0449 and G0450 has been deleted

According to CMS Change Request 7737, Sub: Emergency Update to the CY 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database (MPFSDB), the New HCPCS codes G0449 (Annual face to face obesity screening, 15 minutes) and G0450 (Screening for sexually transmitted infections, includes laboratory tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, and Hepatitis B) previously released on the 2012 HCPCS file, has been deleted from the MPFSDB effective November 29, 2011.

This screening service will now be identified using ICD-9 diagnosis codes. Coding and billing instructions will be issued in an upcoming CMS Change Request.

Reference: https://www.cms.gov/transmittals/downloads/R1015OTN.pdf

See Complete list of Screening codes effective for the year 2012

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