tci ED Coding & Reimbursement Alert - 2008 Issue 12

Detail Marks Successful Pediatric E/M Histories

Beware: The word -lethargic- in the medical record could cause trouble When providing E/M services for children in the ED, Jeffrey Linzer Sr., MD, FAAP, FACEP, always reminds physicians and coders of one thing. "Children are not small adults," Linzer stressed during his recent session, "ED Services for the Crayola Set: How to Keep the Red Off Your Pediatric Claims." They have different bodies and minds than grownups, and the ED physician must treat both as such when providing and coding services. We-ve got the inside scoop on best practices when coding for E/M services...

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