Question:

Do counseling sessions that last less than 3 minutes fulfill the intent of code 99406?

Answer:

Counseling sessions lasting three minutes or less in duration do not meet the intent of codes 99406–99407. The cost associated with a minimal visit (defined as three minutes or less in duration) is considered to be covered as part of each E/M visit billed by the practitioner and is not separately billable.

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