CMS to provide coverage for patients trying to quit smoking

Author: Genevieve Ressel
Date: Feb 1, 2005

The HHS has announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) intend to provide new coverage allowing certain beneficiaries to receive counseling to help them quit smoking. CMS proposed to extend smoking cessation coverage to patients who smoke and have been diagnosed with a smoking-related disease or who are taking certain drugs whose metabolism is affected by tobacco use. Medicare's latest prescription drug benefit will cover smoking cessation treatments that are prescribed by a physician. The proposed new policy is available online at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/coverage. After reviewing comments from the public forum, CMS will issue the final policy. For more information, go to http://www.hhs.gov/news.

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