tci E/M Coding Alert - 2016 Issue 12

ED E/Ms: Use This Advice to Decipher ED E/M Questions

Experts: If an ED E/M is prolonged, check for other hospital codes. When you are filling evaluation and management (E/M) codes for emergency department (ED) services, it’s easy to get tripped up in some common myths surrounding the codes. ED coding gets even tougher to decipher when you discuss situations like prolonged services and patient status. Check out this discussion, in which a pair of experts address some ED tough E/M questions. Q: Is there any way to code for “prolonged E/M services” in the ED? A: “You cannot use prolonged services codes with the ED...

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