UM Guidelines
Smoking Cessation

Ambulatory Care (AC)

BCBST last reviewed December 17, 2014*

Added: Behavioral Management and Counseling:
  • Services for behavioral management and counseling are appropriate for 2 cession attempts per year for individuals who are competent and who are alert at the time that the services are provided.
    • Each cession attempt may include a maximum of 4 intermediate sessions (more than 3 minutes) or intensive sessions (more than 10 minutes), with the total number of visits up to 8 sessions in a 12 month period.


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  4. U.S. Preventative Services Task Force. (2010, December). Recommendations: Counseling to prevent tobacco use and tobacco-caused disease. Retrieved September 12, 2012 from