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Guide to Build a Better Office System

This guide, produced by the American Academy of Family Physicians, addresses the U.S. Public Health Service's (USPHS) Clinical Practice Guideline; Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence 2008 Update, recommendation for clinicians to change the clinical culture and practice patterns in their offices to ensure that every patient who uses tobacco is identified, advised to quit, and offered evidence-based treatments.

"Reproduced with permission from Treating Tobacco Dependence Practice Manual, 2010, issue of Scientific Activities Copyright © 2010 American Academy of Family Physicians. All Rights Reserved."

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Outline for Practice Transformation

tools to assist clinicians in organizing effective delivery of smoking cessation services in the office setting Outline for Practice Transformation summarizes the essential details of patient flow, documentation, and coding for reimbursement.

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Insurance Reimbursement

Coding & Billing

Details of billing and coding requirements are provided in the Outline: Practice Transformation for Smoking Cessation Counseling V3 and International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-10 Codes Tobacco/Nicotine Dependence, and Secondhand Smoke Exposure (University of Wisconsin, Center for Tobacco Research & Intervention, October 2015).


Many health plans cover smoking cessation counseling by clinicians. The service should be provided to all patients and all health plans billed. In the event of a claim rejection, an appeal letter template is included in the Outline: Practice Transformation for Smoking Cessation Counseling V3.

Related content: Provider Guidelines: Medicaid / Provider Guidelines: Medicare / Expansion of SCC by Dental Practitioners

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