tci E/M Coding Alert - 2017 Issue 9

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: 2018 Proposed MPFS Suggests Revising 1995 and 1997 E/M Documentation Guidelines

Take note: CMS opens comment period until Sept. 1. CMS's recently released 2018 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) has caused quite a stir with their latest consideration to revise the 1995 and 1997 Evaluation and Management (E/M) Documentation Guidelines to "reduce clinical burden and improve documentation." Read on and get the inside scoop. Why Should CMS Revise the E/M Guidelines? According to stakeholders, both the 1995 and the 1997 E/M Documentation Guidelines are "administratively burdensome and outdated with respect to the practice of medicine," via the proposed MPFS. The reasoning behind this statement maintains that the...

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