The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) added Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) SBIRT codes to the Medicaid Practitioner Fee Schedule effective January 1, 2021, dates of service.SBIRT is a comprehensive integrated public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders. Florida Medicaid added SBIRT coverage to promote early screening, brief intervention, and referral services by physicians and physician extenders in primary care centers, hospital emergency rooms, trauma centers, and other community medical settings. SBIRT reimbursement provides the opportunity for early intervention with at-risk adolescent and adult substance users before more severe consequences occur.
|H0049||Alcohol and/or drug screening||$17.08|
|H0050||Alcohol and/or drug screening, brief intervention, per 15 minutes||$28.73|
These codes, when performed in accordance with American Medical Association guidance, are reimbursed in addition to an Evaluation/Management or other medical visit.
The Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) announces a CME learning opportunity free of cost for eligible providers. The Agency aims to reduce the impact of substance use disorders in Florida by increasing the capacity of health care providers to screen, briefly intervene, and refer to treatment individuals with substance use. In this continuous, online CME program, providers will learn how to use SBIRT in their daily practices. This learning event particularly emphasizes SBIRT practice tips in the evaluation and management of pregnant women.
The CME is available to providers online from the University of Florida at the following link: https://cme.ufl.edu/screening-brief-intervention-and-referral-to-treatment-sbirt-for-pregnant-women-and-other-adult-patients/The CME program expires on August 11, 2023.
SAMHSA SBIRT Website
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Services, January 2013 [575KB PDF]
SBIRT for Substance Abuse – Clinician Tools
FPQC MORE Pocket Card for SBIRT
Automated Tobacco Referral for Cessation Therapy