WHY SCREENING IS IMPORTANT
One in six Americans are food insecure which is defined as "not having sufficient food or money for food in one month in the past year." Most are children. Ironically there are many large warehouses of free food available. Unfortunately these families are unaware that this resource is available to them.
Food insecure children and families are in your practices, yet very likely you don't know who they are. Validated screening that consists of 2 questions and takes less than one minute is all that prevents you from identifying these families. Who better to do this than pediatricians? Payment for administering this tool is even available using the ICD-10 code Z59.4 and CPT code 96160.