It is appropriate to bill separately for this per CPT Guidelines. Under the Preventive Medicine section it says: "Immunizations and ancillary studies involving laboratory, radiology, other procedures, or screening tests identified with a specific CPT code are reported separately."
But, the payor you are dealing with may have a specific policy in place that says otherwise.
So, I'd look in the provider manual (check online, many payors now have their policies published online) or as your provider rep. If they don't have a written policy in place, then you can try to appeal citing the CPT guidelines.
In the cases where the benefit is not covered under the member's plan, there's nothing you can do about that. It is a good idea to check benefits before the visit and collect upfront. The parents may not even realize the vision screen is not included in the physical.
Hope that helped! Good luck!
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