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    Wink 1995 vs 1997 Guidelines

    Hey All -

    I have a question - What is the difference between the 1995 and 1997 guidelines? I was taught and use the 1995 guidelines. Call me dumb, but how many use the 1997? My doctors use the 1995.

    Thanks,
    Karen

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    The only difference is in the exam. Often it is "easier" to obtain a higher level of exam using the 95 guidelines. They do leave more room for "interpretation". They are also more "friendly" for FP and IM.
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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    Default We use both, depending on specialty

    The main difference is the exam. For some specialties, the 1997 guidelines are easier to hit higher levels on the exam; for most "general medicine" speclialties the 1995 guidelines are easier (e.g. family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics).

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CPC-E/M

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