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Medicare and Medicaid Proposed Rule to Cover Smoking Cessation

Medicare and MedicaidThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued the 2012 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule, which includes updated payment policies for physicians and nonphysician practitioners, according to a CMS news release.

Proposed changes to CPT codes include:

“Add CPT 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) to the list of telehealth services for CY 2012 on a category one basis.

Add HCPCS codes G0436 (Smoking and tobacco cessation counseling visit for the asymptomatic patient; intermediate, greater than 3 minutes, up to 10 minutes) and G0437 (Smoking and tobacco cessation counseling visit for the asymptomatic patient; intensive, greater than 10 minutes) to the list of telehealth services.”

See Becker’s Hospital Review for details.

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