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Pulmonology Coding Alert

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Tobacco Cessation Counseling Is Payable in Inpatient, Outpatient Settings

Question: Which Medicare patients qualify for tobacco cessation counseling? Supercoder.com Subscriber Answer: Medicare maintains very specific guidelines for codes 99406 (Smoking and tobacco use cessation counseling visit; intermediate, greater than 3 minutes up to 10 minutes) and 99407 (Smoking and tobacco use cessation counseling visit; intensive, greater than 10 minutes), according to the agency’s Fact Sheet on Counseling to Prevent Tobacco Use. [...]