E/M coding: Everything old is new again

FREE PREVIEW. AAFP members and paid subscribers: Log in to get free access. All others: Purchase online access.

FREE PREVIEW. Purchase online access to read the full version of this article.

Fam Pract Manag. 2003 Jul-Aug;10(7):14-16.

To the Editor:

The proposed revision of the evaluation and management (E/M) codes described in “An Update on the E/M Codes and Documentation Guidelines” [May 2003, page 14] reminded me of the time when there were booklets for different specialties that gave examples of the different coding levels because words such as “expanded problem focused” did not by themselves convey the intended meaning. I understand the motive to make E/M coding easier, but what is proposed will mark a step back to a time when examples were woefully inadequate.


Send your comments to fpmedit@aafp.org. Submission of a letter will be construed as granting AAFP permission to publish the letter in any of its publications in any form. We cannot respond to all letters we receive. Those chosen for publication will be edited for length and style.

Copyright © 2003 by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
This content is owned by the AAFP. A person viewing it online may make one printout of the material and may use that printout only for his or her personal, non-commercial reference. This material may not otherwise be downloaded, copied, printed, stored, transmitted or reproduced in any medium, whether now known or later invented, except as authorized in writing by the AAFP. Contact fpmserv@aafp.org for copyright questions and/or permission requests.

Want to use this article elsewhere? Get Permissions

CME Quiz

Information From Industry

More in FPM

Editor's Collections

Email Alerts

Don't miss a single issue. Sign up for the free FPM email table of contents and e-newsletter.

Sign Up Now