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Evaluation and management guidelines

November/December 2014 Issue
When Is It Right to Code 99215? [Feature]

Knowing the rules will give you the confidence to submit this seldom-used code.


September/October 2011 Issue
E/M Coding and the Documentation Guidelines: Putting It All Together [Feature]

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.


July/Aug 2010 Issue
Is Your Medicare Payer Playing by the Rules? [Feature]

This article describes the ways in which different Medicare carriers interpret Medicare's documentation guidelines differently, thus amplifying the ambiguity of the guidelines and complicating coding and reimbursement.


July/Aug 2010 Issue
Thinking on Paper: Documenting Decision Making [Feature]

The article, the third in a three-part series, details the section of Medicare's E/M documentation guidelines pertaining to medical decision making and explains how to comply and practice efficiently with them.


May/June 2010 Issue
Exam Documentation: Charting Within the Guidelines [Feature]

The article, the second in a three-part series, details the section of Medicare's E/M documentation guidelines pertaining to exams and explains how to comply and practice efficiently with them.


March/April 2010 Issue
Documenting History in Compliance With Medicare's Guidelines [Feature]

The author details Medicare's guidelines for documenting the history portion of E/M visits. Medicare and many private payers use the guidelines to determine whether physicians' documentation supports the level of service they code.


Nov-Dec 2008 Issue
Coding From the Bottom Up [Feature]

Outlines an approach to CPT coding for common evaluation and management services that works from medical decision making "backwards" to physical exam and history.


Nov-Dec 2008 Issue
CPT and ICD-9 Coding: The Right Tools for the Job [Feature]


Jun 2008 Issue
A Multiple-Service Rule for E/M Services [Opinion]

A simple rule change could improve access and quality of care while reducing inequities between compensation for E/M services and for procedures.


Oct 2003 Issue
Two Tried-and-True Documentation Tools [Feature]

The centerpiece of this article is the revised "Pocket Guide to the Documentation Guidelines" and the progress note template that originally appeared in January 1998. The article will include a brief introduction to the tools and a note for readers to analyze using the pocket guide.


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