UM Guidelines
Smoking Cessation

Ambulatory Care (AC)

BCBST last reviewed December 20, 2017*

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.


  1. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2014, May). Guide to clinical preventative services, 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2016 from http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/cliniciansproviders/guidelines‐recommendations/guide/index.html..

  2. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee network physicians. September - December 2017.
  3. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS.gov. NCD for smoking and tobacco-use cessation counseling (210.4). Retrieved September 18, 2017 from https://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/details/ncd-details.aspx?NCDId=308&ncdver=1&DocID=210.4&ncd_id=210.4&ncd_version=1&basket=ncd%25253A210%25252E4%25253A1%25253ASmoking+and+Tobacco%25252DUse+Cessation+Counseling&bc=gAAAAAgAAAAAAA%3D%3D&.



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