The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has
announced publication of new Current Precedural Terminology codes for
substance abuse screening (except tobacco) and brief intervention. The codes,
issued by the AMA, are 99408 and 99409 and will go into effect on January
"These new health care codes will strengthen the doctor-patient
relationship and incorporate a powerful preventive public health resource in
America's health care system," stated ONDCP Deputy Director Bertha K.
Further information is posted at<www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/>.▪