AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2002 Issue 1; FOR your INFORMATION

Standardization of evaluation and management (E/M) codes

At the January, 2002 Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) Advisory Panel meeting a discussion regarding emergency visits, clinic visits and facility Evaluation and Management (E/M) coding, took place. The need for standardization of E/M codes was discussed. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed several options: For emergency department evaluation and management (E/M): • 5 levels based on staff interventions 3 levels based on staff interventions 5 levels based on staff time 3 levels based on staff time 5 levels based on point scoring 3 levels based on point scoring For clinic visit evaluation and management (E/M): 3...

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