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E/M Changes in 2023: How to Prepare


The anticipated 2023 EM guideline changes for other E&M visits are finally here! In a few months we will no longer need to use three different sets (2021, 1995 or 1997) of documentation rules; but we can’t relax quite yet. AMA took a similar approach to the 2021 Outpatient E&M services with changes to hospital inpatient, hospital observation, emergency department, nursing facility, home & residence services, and cognitive impairment assessment.

Additionally, AMA made further revisions to the 2021 Outpatient guidelines. With this major overhaul, we need to make sure our coders, auditors, and providers have a firm foundation of the documentation and coding requirements. The 2023 guidelines include:

  • New Descriptors for Time

  • New and Revised Definitions

  • Changes To Levels of Medical Decision Making

  • Changes to Prolonged Time

  • 41 Revised Codes

  • 26 Deleted Codes

  • 2 New Codes

In this presentation, Lori Cox and Stephani Scott will share how to build a firm foundation with the 2023 E/M guideline changes to ensure success for your organization. From coders to billing managers and revenue cycle specialists, everyone at your organization will find benefit in this on-demand webinar.

*Please note this webinar has not been approved for AAPC CEU credit.

Presented by

Lori Cox

Lori Cox has over 25 years of experience working in the business side of healthcare. She began her career in patient accounts and then moved into billing and coding for a multispecialty clinic. She was eventually promoted to billing supervisor and then to compliance officer, where she wrote, maintained, and trained employees and providers on fraud and abuse. Currently, Cox works for AAPC Services as Director of Client Engagement, performing audits and education for clients across the U.S. She has spoken at HEALTHCON and regional conferences and has traveled the country educating coders and physicians on complex coding topics such as hem/onc and E/M guidelines. Cox is the past member relations officer for AAPC’s National Advisory Board.

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Stephani Scott

Stephani Scott has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry working closely with physicians and staff in Health Information Management. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, long-term care, large multispecialty physician practice, and EHR software design and development. Scott was a part owner of a consulting company for many years providing services in best practices for physician practice management services including coding and documentation audits, compliance, and revenue cycle management. She has extensive experience in inpatient and outpatient auditing and coding compliance. Throughout her career, Scott has enjoyed teaching E/M coding, compliance, and EMR utilization to many physicians and staff locally and nationally.

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