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    Quick question...Does anyone have any documentation from a creditable source in reference to the 97 Single System Exam - Musculoskeletal - specifically in reference to the number of times you can count bullets in each body area...

    For example: Inspection/Palpation, ROM, Stability and Strength.

    There is a conversation in reference to how many times each bullet can be counted per body area.

    More specifically: The left hip demonstrates full active range of motion. There is no pain with internal and external range of motion. Left hip flexion approximates to 90 degrees of full extension


    Upon examination of the right shoulder region, forward flexion approximates to 165 to 170 degrees, extension is to 30 degrees. External rotation is to 15 to 20 degrees.

    How many points would you give this and do you have any written documentation to back up your decision. Again this is only for the 97 Single System Exam - Musculoskeletal.

    Thanks for any help you can provide!!!!
    Last edited by Truby; 12-23-2011 at 05:44 PM.

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    Loma Linda CA

    Wink 97 exam - counting bullets

    Truby - a reliable source is www.cms.gov. you can search and download the guidelines for free.

    Marybeth CPC

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    This link might be what you are looking for--e/m single system chart for ortho. It works great for us. Hope it helps!


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