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    Default Appropriate E/M Code.

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    Good morning everyone!

    I wanted to see if someone could clarify my question about how to determine what would be the appropriate level of an office visit would be? Is is only based on time and supporting documentation or does the time matter even if the documentation is there? Thanks

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    Apr 2007
    Kansas City


    It's my understanding that you don't really use the time to determine E/M level.

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    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default Time and E/M codes

    Time is use for any E/M code that is time specific (e.g. discharge day management, critical care, or prolonged service)

    Time is also used to determine the level of service when the rules/guidelines for "counseling/coordination of care" are being used.

    Otherwise, E/M levels are dependent on meeting the requirements of the particular code.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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