HI List,
anyone from upstate new york, medicar eis denying now for diag, any
thoughts?i cannot seem to find anything new on these

Sarah Tupper, CMC
Billing Supervisor
Mohawk Valley Cardiology, PC
1676 Sunset Ave, 1st Floor
Utica, NY 13502
P: 315-624-8146
F: 315-624-8128


  • We had the same trouble in Arkansas. We did find that the tobacco use code (Z72.0) did not work. We bill nicotine dependent (ex: F17.210) where appropriate and have not had denials with that diagnosis.
  • edited May 2017
    are these new codes? and is it for those who are currently smoking?or
    just to prevent from smoking
  • edited May 2017
    so by asymptomatic meaning smoking has not been proven the cause?
  • edited May 2017
    I guess i am just confused on when to use G0346 and when to use 99406
    or is one replacing the other?.i just wish i could find documentation
    from medicare regarding it
  • edited May 2017
    and also thank you all for your input today i value it greatly
  • edited May 2017

    That's great. Where specifically did you get it from? I'm not finding it on the web.

  • edited May 2017
    yes, F17.210 i believe is the code we are using
  • We are also using the F17.210 dx and saw denials at first but It was not because of the dx it was because it was with an E/M but found out we needed the 25 modifier on the E/M and all is good now.

    Anyone else?

    Nicole Walker
    Physician Billing
    Speciality Coder
    Dickinson County Healthcare Systems
    Phone (906)776-5957
    Fax (906)228-0207
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