Respiratory Question for the Week of January 27, 2020

Respiratory Compliance Question of the Week


Do counseling sessions that last less than 3 minutes fulfill the intent of code 99406?


Counseling sessions lasting three minutes or less in duration do not meet the intent of codes 99406–99407. The cost associated with a minimal visit (defined as three minutes or less in duration) is considered to be covered as part of each E/M visit billed by the practitioner and is not separately billable.

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