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Supporting providers and their patients through diagnosis, claim reimbursements, education, self-care and treatments for depression

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Validated depression screenings

Validated depression screenings are brief tools used to effectively identify and assess individuals who present with depressive symptoms. Diagnosis, treatment and follow-up for depression can lead to a significant improvement in a patient’s health.

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Validated screening tools

The PHQ offers different screenings (in multiple languages) you can complete to help health care providers diagnose and treat mental health disorders. 

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The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is a screening tool that does diagnose postpartum depression (PPD) or anxiety.

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This is a simple yes/no questionnaire of 30 questions that can help identify possible depression in the elderly.

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PROMIS is a set of tools that are used to measure mental health outcomes. It can be used to recognize signs of depression in children aged 5-17 and adults.

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Reimbursement codes

CPT codes for depression screeners

You can be reimbursed for using depression screeners.  For timely payment and reimbursement use the following diagnostic code Z13.31 in conjunction with one of the billing codes below:

  • CPT code 96127 - For conducting brief emotional and behavioral   assessments performed with standardized instruments
  • CPT code 96127 - For administering screenings, such as the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9)
  • G0444 - For annual depression screening for Medicare patients
  • CPT code 96160 - For Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Screening for depression in pregnant or postpartum

Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) 

LOINC helps providers and payers speak the same language, just like CPT codes. The benefit of LOINC is that it complies with new standards for electronic claims attachments. See below for helpful codes.

CPT codes and LOINC codes for depression screening (PDF)

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