Hearing and Vision Screenings

By prappaport on October 10, 2016 in Uncategorized with No Comments

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends hearing and vision screenings for children ages 18 months and up as part of routine preventive care.  The AAP has recently updated their policy and recommendations to include improved screening methods to enhance early detection of potentially serious and treatable conditions.  Town Pediatrics is pleased to be able to follow best-practice and offer these improved screenings:  Spot Vision and Select Picture Audiometry Hearing Test.  According to the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies are mandated to cover recommended hearing and vision screenings without cost-sharing to patients.  Some insurance companies, however, are considering these improved screenings as “diagnostic” tools instead of “screening” tools.  Those insurance companies are imposing co-pay, co-insurance and/or deductible charges and possibly the full charge to the patient.  If these potential fees are a concern for you, please check with your insurance company prior to your well visit and ask them if CPT codes 99177 and 92583 are covered as a preventive service.