tci E/M Coding Alert - 2013 Issue 2

Key Elements: Differentiating Brief vs. Extended HPI Will Pave the Way to 99204/5 and 99214/5 Success

Know when you can, and can’t, count duration. If you’re not accurately accounting for the history of present illness (HPI) documented by your provider, you could be missing out on opportunities to report level 4 or 5 E/M visits. Ensure you’re not missing higher-pay possibilities by reviewing this guide to capturing HPI elements. Brush Up on What Qualifies as an HPI Element HPI is one of the three parts comprising an outpatient E/M history. It describes the patient’s present illness or problem, from the first sign/symptom to the current status, and typically drives your provider&rsquo...

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