AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2002 Issue 4; FOR your INFORMATION

CMS proposes the implementation of an E/M expert panel

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to move forward in pursuit of uniform national coding guidelines for facilities. Acknowledging the need for standard code definitions and guidelines, CMS proposed the implementation of an independent expert panel. This expert panel will recommend to CMS definitions and guidelines for clinic and emergency department evaluation and management (E/M) codes. It is intended that these recommendations be provided in time for CMS to include them in the proposed rule for calendar year 2004. CMS stated that organizations such as the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the American Health Information Management...

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