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Frequently Asked Questions

I'm a pediatrician. How can I attend a CEASE training?

Please visit the Events page for information on trainings and other events available in your area.

How can I get more CEASE materials?

Currently, there is no method of ordering CEASE materials for your practice. The materials can be downloaded with Adobe Acrobat and printed at your office.

How can my office be paid for tobacco services provided to families?

Getting paid for your tobacco control services to parents and teens will help you do it routinely.

For teens:

The simplest billing practice for counseling teens would be to report a 99212-99214 code (based on key components appropriate to the visit), and add a 99406 code for the counseling component (smoking and tobacco cessation counseling visit; intermediate, greater than 3 minutes up to 10 minutes). When using these codes, append the 25 modifier to flag your use of 2 services.

For parents:

The simplest billing practice for parents would be to 1. upcode by one level a 99212 or 99213 code (based on key components appropriate to the visit). Upcoding to 99213 would require that you spend more than 50% of a 13-15 minute visit on counseling about tobacco; upcoding to 99214 would require that you spend more than 50% of a 21-25 minute visit on counseling about tobacco. and 2. in addition to the ICD-9 code appropriate to the clinical complaint, include the code E869.4, Secondhand tobacco smoke. This code was created very recently to identify nonsmokers who have been exposed to tobacco smoke. It is preferable to use of the 989.84 code "toxic exposure to tobacco smoke," which is more difficult to support.




Last updated on May 13, 2010 by Bethany Hipple, MPH