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    Hi, I am taking the E/M test next week and have a question about problem points in MDM. If a new patient has an established problem like stable hypertension would this problem get 3 points for "new problem with no workup" or 1 point for "established problem stable or improving". Is a "new problem" new to the Dr. or new to the patient ?

    Thanks so much !!

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    Is a "new problem" new to the Dr. or new to the patient the answer is both
    From the How to Effectively Teach E&M in under one hour (AAPC) page 20 problem that are new to the patient or that the physician is seeing in this patient for the first time
    Robin Ingalls-Fitzgerald CCS, CPC, FCS, CEMC, CEDC

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    Thanks for the reply ... I think I will look into getting that book !!

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