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CPT: Evaluation and management codes
Knowing the rules will give you the confidence to submit this seldom-used code.
As usual, the 2013 annual update to Current Procedural Terminology changes a number of codes important to family physicians. Here, the author explains the code changes most likely to affect their coding practice.
The author describes common presenting problems in family medicine and recommends an evaluation and management code for each vignette and the rationale for selecting the code.
In this article, the author identifies five common coding mistakes and advises physicians on how to keep these costly mistakes from happening in their practices.
The author, a well-known coding consultant, explains the rules governing CPT coding for evaluation and management services in cases where it makes sense to code on the basis of visit length rather than elements of the history, physical exam, and clinical decision making.
This article describes the 2008 changes in CPT codes most likely to affect family physicians.
The author focuses on both revenue and compliance issues and discusses the importance of monitoring the profile of all physicians in the group, how to analyze the data, and what to do if your profile is significantly different from national benchmarks.
The article explains the differences between level-II and level-III established-patient visits, offers an outline of the requirements for each and illustrates them using patient cases as a way to help physicians more accurately code for the services they provide.
This article describes changes in CPT codes for 2007 in the areas most likely to affect family physicians.
Don’t cheat yourself. That’s the health plan’s job.