The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued further instructions for contractors processing claims for the preventive medicine benefit for alcohol misuse counseling, which was added last fall. If a claim is submitted for code G0443 (brief face-to-face behavioral counseling for alcohol misuse, 15 minutes) when there are no claims for code G0442 (annual alcohol misuse screening, 15 minutes) in the prior 12 months, the contractor will deny the claim for G0443. The article also reminds contractors and physicians that Medicare will only pay for up to four G0443 services within a 12-month period. Claims for G0443 that exceed that four session limit in a 12-month period will be rejected.
Some other reminders about these services:
You can find further details on this and other preventive medicine benefits covered by Medicare Part B in Chapter 18 of the Medicare Claims Processing Manual.
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