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E/M Guidelines

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Ok I just want to clarify something, when the E/M guidelines state that 2 of 3 key components are required to meet a certain level does that mean that 2 of the 3 have to meet the level charged or that the Dr can not do an exam and that is acceptable? Help me out here, thanks. :confused:
Milwaukee WI
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2 out of 3

I'm not sure I understand your question.

I can think of several cases where no exam is performed (other than taking vital signs - ht, wt, BP, temp) but the encounter can still be coded based on history and MDM ... IF the type of encounter only requires 2 out of 3 key components.

Hope that helps.

F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC