tci ED Coding & Reimbursement Alert - 1999 Issue 9

E/M Coding Clinic: Medical Decision Making Level Determines Difference Between 99282 and 99283

Editors Note: This is the second installment in a series on reporting emergency service evaluation and management (E/M) codes. Future articles will cover codes 99283-99285. Code 99282, the Level 2 emergency department E/M code, is considered the least controversial of this series (99281-99285) because of the low level of history and physical exam required to meet the level of service. As discussed in the August issue of ECA, the Level 1 code 99281, is rarely used because most ED services will require more than a simple problem-focused history and problem-focused examination from the emergency physician. (See the article, Get...

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