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Procedure Code Update for Preventive Services

Effective January 1, 2017, Medicare allows for one ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), subject to certain eligibility and other limitations. As with other preventive services, the deductible and coinsurance are waived for the AAA screening test.

The procedure code for the AAA screening test is being replaced by code 76706. In addition to this change, the Chapter 9 of the Medicare Claims Processing Manual is updated to include procedure codes for smoking cessation in the Table of Preventive and Screening Services. Information on this update is available in MLN MattersĀ® article MM9888.