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Medicare Issues New Smoking Cessation Codes -- But
acupuncture codes won't be covered
If you're gearing up to provide smoking-cessation counseling to
Medicare beneficiaries, two new codes will prove useful.


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services introduced two new smoking cessation counseling codes: G0375 (...three to 10 minutes) and G0376 (...greater than 10 minutes.) These codes are retroactive to March 22, when the smoking cessation demonstration began.

The July update to the Physician Fee Schedule also adds RVUs for acupuncture codes 97810-97814, but stressed that Medicare still won't cover them. The RVUs are just there for the convenience of the community. Also, CMS changed virtual colonoscopy code 0066T to status code "N," with zero RVUs. Stent placement codes 0075T-0076T now have status "C," meaning carrier-priced.

In addition, CMS changed contrast agent codes A4643-A4647 and intravenous immune globulin code J1564 to non-covered Status "I" and injection codes Q9941-Q9957 to non-covered Status "E." The agency also changed the bilateral surgery status indicators for a number of codes.