Smoking Cessation Podcast

 Physicians have a new tool to help their patients quit smoking, and be reimbursed. “Tobacco Cessation Counseling: Right for the Patient, Good for Reimbursement,” the newest podcast from the Physician Oncology Education Program (POEP) launched July 1 at  The FREE podcast has been accredited for .5 AMA PRA Category 1™ Credits.  The activity focuses on the efficacy of physician interventions, “incident to” services as defined by Medicare, current statistics regarding patient assessment of tobacco use, coding tips, a reimbursement calculator, and the Five A’s of tobacco cessation.

 “The key for physicians to effectively promote good health is having a range of resources available for counseling and education. Treating addiction to tobacco is one of the most important ways we can help patients prevent some of the very serious and life-threatening conditions related to tobacco use. Effective training tools that physicians can use to council patients to never start using tobacco products are equally or more important ways for physicians to promote good health,” stated Deborah A. Fuller, MD, chairman of the TMA Council on Health Promotion and an ob-gyn in Dallas.

 The podcast features as a handout the Tobacco Cessation Counseling Calculator. Physicians can use this tool to determine how many patients might benefit from counseling and an estimate of the potential revenue to be gained by billing for such services.

 In addition to this podcast, POEP offers more in-depth training on tobacco cessation counseling, including tips on motivation interviewing and current pharmacotherapies, in the form of educational modules and podcast, iPhone apps, and pocket guides. These items are available at no charge on the POEP website (

 POEP would like to thank TMA’s Council on Health Promotion and the Texas Medical Association Foundation for collaborating on this project.

 For more information, contact Laura Wells at or 512-370-1673.