Ten plus years and counting, and accuracy in evaluation and management (E/M) coding can still be troublesome and evasive. The initial guidelines in 1995 had some ambiguity in the examination component. This was clarified and strengthened in the 1997 guidelines, but the complexity of the bullet point-counting system seemed perplexing to many physicians. We now ...
Sep 27th, 2013
Effective Sept. 10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has revised its Evaluation and Management (E/M) Documentation Guidelines (DG), to allow physicians to use the 1997 DG for an extended history of present illness (HPI) with the other elements of the 1995 DG to document an E/M service. As a result, “the status ...
Sep 1st, 2012
By Thomas A. Maher, CPA, CPC Are you intrigued at the prospect of reducing your medical claims coding costs? Have you heard the promise of an electronic health record (EHR) that will eliminate your paper records and choose billable codes for you? My advice: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. ...