E/M Time-Based Coding Made Easy


In order to properly report time-based E/M services, you need to understand the terminology, CPT® code descriptors, and documentation requirements. In this eBrief, we explore the evolution of time-based coding and provide definitions and examples of:

  • Face-to face vs. non-face-to-face

  • Non-direct time vs. direct time

  • Total Provider Time

  • Total Visit Time

  • >50% counseling/coordination of care

  • Mid-point rule

Plus, we provide three steps to help eliminate the confusion of time-based coding.

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