UM Guidelines
Smoking Cessation

Ambulatory Care (AC)

BCBST last reviewed December 21, 2016*

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 2016.
  3. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS.gov. NCD for smoking and tobaccouse cessation counseling (210.4). Retrieved August 11, 2015 from https://www.cms.gov/medicare‐coveragedatabase/details/ncddetails.aspx?NCDId=308&ncdver=1&DocID=210.4&bc=gAAAAAgAAAAAAA%3d%3d&.



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