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CPT 99406, 99407 Coverage Extended to All Smokers

CMS announcement is triumph for physicians who haven’t collected in the past.
If you’ve been writing off tobacco cessation counseling as non-payable, it’s time to change your tune.
In the past, CMS only covered 99406-99407 (Smoking and tobacco us…

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Medical Coding: Ease Counseling Codes Acceptance With Distinct Dxs

Study frequency guidelines before you bill for counseling services.

Question: A 60-year-old established Medicare patient with a confirmed diagnosis of vanishing lung (emphysema) reports to the family physician (FP) for a medication check and blood work; the patient is a moderate smoker. During the medication check and blood work, which took about 5 minutes, the patient tells the practice’s non-physician practitioner (NPP) “I think I’m ready to quit smoking; can you help?” The NPP spends the next 7 minutes providing smoking cessation counseling for the patient. Can I report a cessation code and an E/M?

Answer: Provided the patient meets Medicare’s requirements for cessation counseling, you can report the following:

  • 99211 (Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of an established patient, that may not require the presence of a physician. Usually, the presenting problem[s] are minimal. Typically, 5 minutes or less are spent performing or supervising these services.) for the E/M
  • 492.0 (Emphysema; emphysematous bleb) appended to
  • 99211 to represent the patient’s emphysema
  • 99406 (Smoking and tobacco use cessation counseling visit; intermediate, greater than 3 minutes up to 10 minutes) for the smoking cessation counseling
  • 305.1 (Tobacco use disorder) appended to 99406 to represent the patient’s tobacco dependency.

Know the rules: According to Medicare, its patients are entitled to smoking and tobacco use cessation counseling provided the patient is either:

  • a tobacco user who has an illness caused or complicated by tobacco use or
  • taking a therapeutic agent whose metabolism or dosing is affected by tobacco use as based on Food and Drug Administration-approved information.

Additionally, note these two frequency guidelines for spot-on 99406 and 99407 (… intensive, greater than 10 minutes) claims:

  • Medicare will

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