I think your provider may be misinterpreting.
Medicare has a profile for each provider who submits claims to Medicare. They track the E/M productivity and compare against other providers in the same specialty in your area. If it goes off the mark, at all, they send out a letter stating they need to take an E/M online course. I think it's a scare tactic -- not a true threat for an audit. Lots of my physicians have gotten those letters and I tell them to throw it away. It's not mandatory and how can they suggest a class when they haven't even looked at the records? that's rediculous. I had one physician who stopped seeing new patients all together in 2007, but evidently he did see a single 99204 -- and he got a letter stating that his level 4's are at 100%. It's all based on numbers not what the actual documentation says, they don't even look at the records.
Always, always, always code the level of evaluation and management that supports the documentation! Even if it does end up being 50 99215's in a month.
Hope that helps..
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