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Evaluation and management guidelines
There’s more work to be done, but the new rules simplified documentation and coding criteria and should result in increased revenue.
Getting clear on the new coding rules can help you eliminate bloated documentation and improve reimbursement to reflect the value of your visits.
This year’s changes bode well for family physicians, with an expected increase in Medicare allowed charges.
Determining whether the visit you’ve just finished should be coded as a level 4 could be as simple as asking yourself three questions.
The E/M coding revisions aren’t perfect, but they represent a huge step forward in reducing physicians’ documentation burden, audit risk, and complexity of code selection.
Simplified guidelines for coding and documenting evaluation and management office visits are coming next year. Learn how to apply the guidelines to some common visit types.
The biggest changes in coding since 1997 will take effect Jan. 1, 2021. It is time to prepare for them now.
This year’s changes include some welcome documentation relief, new codes for portal and telephone encounters, and much more.
Here’s how to quickly identify whether you’re on the path to a 99214 versus a 99213.
Knowing the rules will give you the confidence to submit this seldom-used code.