Physicians Practice: Selecting the Right E&M Codes at Your Medical Practice
“As more and more physicians implement EHRs, there is an increase in the volume of documentation,” stated AAPC director of education Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC in the most recent edition of the Physicians Practice blog talking about the proper education of providers and coders with regards to E&M services.
“An effective way to incorporate the focus on medical necessity of the service into your E&M training is to relate it to the provider’s typical patient,” she continued. “When a patient presents to the office, the provider can usually tell quickly how sick the patient is. The patient’s complaint for the day will dictate the questions the provider asks regarding the patient’s presenting problem. This information makes up the history component of the encounter.”
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