CPT Assistant: Which code for autism screenings?

Published: 18th July 2010
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Autism is a disorder of development, which is not easy to detect in very young children. But children who get early intervention have improved long-term prognoses. Keeping this in mind, the Modified - Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) was made to screen 1076 children. Results of the same indicated that autism is a promising instrument for early detection.

M-CHAT is an expanded US version of the original CHAT from the UK. The M-CHAT comprises twenty three questions using the original nine from the CHAT as its basis. The goal of M-CHAT is to improve sensitivity.

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Is there a CPT code for administering the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) screening and do you need to include a modifier here?

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