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E/M Documentation Clarification Needed

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    Medical Coding Books
    In the "Medicare Physician Guide: A Resource for Residents, Practicing Physicians, and Other Health Care Professionals" on page 121 the requirements for a Comprehensive Examination states "should include at least nine organ systems or body areas. For each system/area selected, all elements of the examination identified by a bullet should be performed, UNLESS SPECIFIC DIRECTIONS LIMIT THE CONTENT OF THE EXAMINATION. For each area/system, documentation of at least two elements identified by a bullet is expected."

    My question is what exactly is meant by "unless specific directions limit the content of the examination" and how should it be applied?

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    These are the 97 Documentation Guidelines for the multi-system exam. See below where there are areas giving the examiner minimal requirements. In the lymphatic system, the instructions say:

    Palpation of lymph nodes in two or more areas:
    C Neck
    C Axillae
    C Groin
    C Other


    and in Musculoskeletal System, the examiner has the option of:

    Examination of joints, bones and muscles of one or more of the following six areas: 1) head
    and neck; 2) spine, ribs and pelvis; 3) right upper extremity; 4) left upper extremity; 5) right
    lower extremity; and 6) left lower extremity. The examination of a given area includes:

    And in Genitourinary, you have a male/female option.

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    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

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