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New Medi-Cal Benefits for Services Related to Alcohol Misuse

April 6, 2018

Effective for dates of service on or after May 1, 2018, HCPCS codes H0049 (alcohol and/or drug screening) and H0050 (alcohol and/or drug services, brief intervention, per 15 minutes) are replaced by HCPCS codes G0442 (annual alcohol misuse screening, 15 minutes) and G0443 (brief face-to-face behavioral counseling for alcohol misuse, 15 minutes).

HCPCS code G0442 is limited to one screening per year, any provider, unless otherwise medically necessary. Code G0443 may be billed on the same day as code G0442 and is limited to three sessions per recipient per year, any provider, unless otherwise medically necessary.