Developmental screening can be billed using CPT billing code 96110 or ICD-10 Z13.4. This covers the time a physician scores, reviews results, and interprets findings.  Billing for developmental screening using these codes requires documentation that the screening was given and notes any action taken, such as follow-up screening, developmental milestone information, or referral to community agency or community resource. Reimbursement rates vary by insurance provider. Contact insurance providers directly to learn the reimbursement rate.  For Behavioral/Social Emotional screening of young children use CPT code 96127. For Maternal Depression use CPT Code 96161.


Downloadable Materials

  1. Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive Developmental Screening Passport 
  2. Sample Workflow from Help Me Grow Ventura County
  3. Sample of a Behavioral Health Referral Mechanism – from Alameda County
  4. Developmental Screening Landscape Analysis – California Statewide Screening Colloaborative



Citations downloadable PDF


Federal & National Initiatives

Birth to Five: Watch Me Thrive!:

CDC Learn the Signs. Act Early:

AAP Bright Futures:


California State Programs

California Early Start (Part C):

Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP):

Help Me Grow California Program:

High Risk Infant Follow Up (HRIF):

MCAH Programs:


Resources for Families

Early Start Website Directory:

Family Resource Center Network of California:

Early Start Neighborhood:

California Early Intervention Technical Assistance Network:


Health Care Insurance Information

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA):



Recent Publications

February 2018. Early Identification and Intervention Systems in California: Bright Spots and Lessons Learned