Question smoking cessation

lsdunn22

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When coding smoking cessation, does the time documented in the notes need to be a specific time, or is a range of time (5-6 minutes) ok to use? Is anything else required for documentation of smoking cessation?
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TThivierge

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Hi
Time should be in the med record documentation for the day. As example doc could write "I discussed/counseled the patient stop smoking for 5 minutes, 10 minutes Etc". then can bill with CPT codes. Also use the definitive dx code of F17 dx. block or Z72 dx codes per notes in the record.
I hope this helps.
Lady T:cool:
 
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