Our Policy on Child Development and Behavior Screenings:
An essential part of our well-child visits includes an assessment of your child’s learning, behavior, and development. This requires you to complete one or more developmental-behavioral screening questionnaires at certain well-child visits.
These developmental screening questionnaires help us see whether your child is at risk for problems, now or in the future, and if so, what to do next. The screening tools we use also give you a chance to talk to your child’s provider about what you need to know as a parent, how you are coping as a parent, and how you are doing as a family. The questions we will ask are important because they assist us in helping your child to become as successful as possible in school and in life.
We must charge for this extra, but essential service when a screening questionnaire is completed due to the time it takes to review and respond to the information provided. You will see this on your bill as procedure 96110. Most insurers pay for this service; however, if the claim is denied by your insurer as a “non-covered” service, you will be responsible for the payment.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is working to ensure this service will become fully covered by all insurers and Medicaid. However, if you do receive our bill for screenings after denial of the claim by your insurer, please understand how important this service is to your child’s well-being.