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    Default E&M coding refresher/HELP!

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    Hi there,

    I have been working in a subspecialty since I became a CPC IN 2000, and most of our coding is time based. I urgently need to brush up on Evaluation and Management coding, most likely 1995 guidelines. Can anyone recommend a no cost/lower cost way to do this? Are there workbooks available? I know I just need practice. I'm getting so overwhelmed and am not quite sure where to go with this. I have some worksheets/reference guides, but am looking for a bit more than that. Is it best to just memorize all of the components of each area, along with the numbers associated for the level?

    Thanks for your help!
    Susan

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    Default E/M Help

    The following web-site has great E/M information. Has a free basic E/M course. Hope this helps!
    http://emuniversity.com/

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    Default EM 1995 Documentation Guidelines

    I agree with skembretson EM University is a good place to start. They also have a case of the week (Coding Rounds) which you code select the LOS you feel is appropriate then he tells you the answer and goes through the steps to get the answer.

    http://emuniversity.com/

    Also check with your local Medicare Contractor. Mine (Highmark Medicare Services J-12 - https://www.highmarkmedicareservices...rtb/index.html) offer different EM coding webinars quarterly. The accept both 1995 & 1997 however the training they provide is on 1995. For the most part the provider will fare better with the 1995 EM DG.

    Cheryl

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    Default Don't even try to memorize

    Susan,
    Please don't stress out trying to memorize E/M guidelines. People aske me for advice on E/M all the time.
    I tell you ... I ALWAYS use my little audit tool.

    So don't stress over memorizing anything. Just get a tool you are comfortable with and use it.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
    Last edited by FTessaBartels; 03-13-2013 at 03:08 PM.

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    Make no mistake....Tess is the queen of E/M!!!

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    Default Agreed about Tess

    Quote Originally Posted by LTibbetts View Post
    Make no mistake....Tess is the queen of E/M!!!
    Her great advice helped me along the way to obtaining the CEMC. Her advice of finding an audit tool that you like and use it all the time is the best. There is no way you can memorize all the intricacies of E/M coding, and using an audit tool (no matter which one you like) is so helpful because it breaks down the process into manageable pieces.

    Lance Smith, MPA, COC, CPMA, CEMC, RHIT, CCS-P, CHC, CHPC

    2016 Secretary
    Ellenville, NY Local Chapter

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    Quote Originally Posted by LTibbetts View Post
    Make no mistake....Tess is the queen of E/M!!!
    Also agreed about Tess!! She always has wonderful advice.

    I have several audit tools that I've received from other users on here; I'll be happy to pass them along, just message me your fax or email info.
    Meagan Strauss, CPC, CEMC
    Coding Coordinator
    The NeuroMedical Center
    Baton Rouge, LA

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    Meagan: I would really welcome any audit tools you might have available. I'm taking the CPMA exam in two weeks, and anything like this would be most helpful. Thanks!

    Greg Palmer
    gregpalmer123@gmail.com

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    Megan I would love to see those tools as well. Thanks, Susan
    Susan Edwards, CPC, CEDC
    smecoder@gmail.com

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    I would like the tools as well. I'm in a Pain Management Office and will be performing extensive audit on their E&M codes.

    Thanks.

    My email is william@seattlepainspecialist.com

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