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A preventive medicine visit is performed on a 14-year-old new patient. It is learned while obtaining the history that the adolescent has been smoking for about a year. After the physician counsels her about the dangers and potential health problems associated with smoking, she expresses interest in obtaining assistance to help her stop using tobacco. The patient's mother is also advised to stop smoking because of the danger of exposure of her child to environmental tobacco smoke in the home. The physician spends 10 minutes with the adolescent discussing specific methods to overcome barriers, pharmacologic options, behavioral techniques, and nicotine replacement. She is referred to a community support group and a follow-up visit is scheduled in 2 weeks to provide additional encouragement and counseling as needed.

The preventive medicine visit would be reported with Current Procedural Terminology...

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