Posted in Cinga Insurance, Training, Updates

Cigna: Smoking Cessation is covered-Commercial plans

Recently, Cigna began to implement clinical quality Initials that align with NCQA Medical Assistance and Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation Quality Measure.

As per ACA, smoking cessation is a covered service. Cigna is encouraging the providers to identify, screen and treat for tobacco dependence.

After the Provider will identify the patient, Cigna will reach out to the patient, and encourage them to quit smoking and seek support from their provider.

Which codes to use?

As per Cigna Preventative Care Services Policy: (A004)– these codes can be used with any DX code.

Note: although, Cigna states that these services are covered free of charge to the patient, if the provider performs these services on the same DOS with Preventative EM code then some of these tobacco cessation treatment services could be subject to additional out of pocket costs for your patients. To avoid this, providers are allowed to bill the smoking cessation codes on a separate encounter as preventative services (EM codes).

Find this type of content helpful? Follow my blog for more useful reimbursement/medical policies, medical coding and medical billing guideline updates and any other healthcare related news.

Recent Blog Posts:



My name is Kate Patskovska, CPB. I am an Independent Medical Biller CPB (AAPC) and an owner of KR2 Medical Billing. KR2 Medical Billing is a full service Consulting/Medical Billing Business that is dedicated to educating, consulting, and overall improving the "financial health" of your medical practice.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s