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Fam Pract Manag. 2002;9(1):18

Preventive care & the E/M guidelines

Review of blood-gas analysis

Draining a hematoma


These questions and answers were reviewed by the FPM Coding & Documentation Review Panel, which includes:

Robert H. Bosl, MD, FAAFP, Starbuck Clinic, Starbuck, Minn.; Thomas A. Felger, MD, ABFP, CMCM, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend, Ind.; David Filipi, MD, MBA, and the Coding and Compliance Department of Physicians Clinic, Omaha, Neb.; Lynn Handy, CPC, LPN, RevCare Inc., Cypress, Calif.; Emily Hill, PA-C, Hill & Associates, Wilmington, N.C.; Joy Newby, LPN, CPC, Joy Newby & Associates Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.; P. Lynn Sallings, CPC, Area Health Education Center, Family Medical Center, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Fayetteville, Ark.

Editor’s notes: While this department represents our best efforts to provide accurate information and useful advice, we cannot guarantee that third-party payers will accept the coding and documentation recommended. Because CPT and ICD-9 codes change annually, you should refer to the current CPT and ICD-9 manuals and the “Documentation Guidelines for Evaluation and Management Services” for the most detailed and up-to-date information.


Send questions and comments to, or add your comments below. While this department attempts to provide accurate information, some payers may not accept the advice given. Refer to the current CPT and ICD-10 coding manuals and payer policies.

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