For the Table of Risk ... a box ANYWHERE in the table defines the level of risk.. Note this is not the same as the level of MDM; it is only one element of MDM.
So if you have a patient with allergic rhinitis (acute, uncomplicated illness - low risk), for which you write a prescription for Zyrtec (Prescription drug managment - moderate risk), you would have moderate risk.
Whether you have moderate MDM depends on how many problem points or how many data points you also have.
If the allergic rhinitis is a brand new problem, you have at least 3 problem points, so you have moderate MDM.
If it is an ESTABLISHED problem ... even if it is worsening ... then at most you have 2 problem points. Unless you have at least 3 data points, the most you will get is low-level MDM.
Hope that helps
F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
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