Friday, March 19, 2021

Master E/M Coding 2021

E/M Changes Took Effect January 2021

As of January 1, 2021, physicians will select an E/M code based on total time spent on the date of the encounter or medical decision making (MDM)—whichever is most financially advantageous. 

What was the Goal of Revising the E/M Coding for Office Visits?

  • To decrease the administrative burden of documentation and coding
  • To decrease the need for audits, through the addition and expansion of key definitions and guidelines
  • To decrease unnecessary documentation in the medical record that may not be pertinent to the patient’s care
  • To ensure that payment for E/M is resource-based and that there is no direct goal for payment redistribution between specialties

On-Demand Course Agenda

Approved by the AAPC for 3 hours of CEUs - $6.99

Lesson 1 – Introduction

Lesson 2 – 2021 E/M Guidelines and Key Terms
  • Guidelines Common to all E/M Services
  • Services Reported Separately
  • Guidelines for Office or Other Outpatient Services
  • MDM Element Definitions

Lesson 3 – Selecting the Level of E/M Services
  • Instructions
  • New Patient Codes
  • Established Patient Codes

Lesson 4 – Prolonged Services
  • Without Direct Patient Contact
  • Prolonged Clinical Staff Services

Lesson 5 – Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Register for a FREE account on ERM365 (if you do not already have one)
  2. Register for the course 
  3. Complete the lessons
  4. Pass the post test
  5. Print your CEU certificate

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