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Reader Question:
Interpret These Guidelines to Report Smoking Counseling Correctly

Question: A patient saw our provider for an allergy test. While there, the doctor counseled the patient about giving up smoking. When we billed for this, we were denied the 95004. What did we do wrong? Louisiana Subscriber Answer: When you bill 99406 (Smoking and tobacco use cessation counseling visit; intermediate, greater than 3 minutes up to 10 minutes) or [...]