I used the 95 guidelines for the CEDC exam. I brought the 97 guidelines but didn't use them. I am surprised your auditors are encouraging the use of the 97 gls unless the encounter is for an eye or psych problem.
Take an audit tool that you are comfortable using because you will need to determine scores of E/M levels. I had worked for a company that used a reference tool to assign ED levels. Although managment said it was only a tool, they utilized it exclusively, audited their coders by it resulting in the coders' inability to code E/M levels compliantly. I had to purge that methodology.
Review the ROS requirements, especially the documentation for a complete ROS. There can be differences with the requirement for a detailed exam when using the 95 gls. Look for the elaboration of the elements for an extended exam.
The provider needs to elaborate on the chronic conditions, not just list them.
The 97 gls have specific bullets required for documentation. The heart or pulse rate is only one measurement of three required for one bullet in the Constitutional system.
Study the critical care services and good luck with the exam.
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