Please note that in Chapter 3, pages 58 and 59, the second coding example incorrectly assigns modifier 25. The correct coding for the example would be 99384 (preventive medicine visit) and 99406-25 because the preventive medicine visit (99384) was the intended service, while the smoking cessation counseling (99406) was the significant, separately identifiable service, which requires the use of modifier 25. Therefore, the second coding example should read as follows:

During the preventive medicine visit on a 12-year-old new patient it is learned that he has been smoking for several months. After counseling him about the dangers and potential health problems associated with smoking, he and his mother express interest in obtaining assistance to help him stop using tobacco. The physician spends 10 minutes discussing specific methods to overcome barriers, pharmacologic options, behavioral techniques, and nicotine replacement. The patient is referred to a community...

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