tci E/M Coding Alert - 2016 Issue 9

Mythbusters: Get to Know ED E/Ms, Avoid Coding Emergencies

Here’s why it doesn’t really matter how long an ED E/M lasts. Coders who find themselves reporting emergency department (ED) E/M codesmust make sure that they know the differences between 99281-99285 and office E/Ms. We asked some ED coding experts about some of the assumptions people might make about ED E/M services. Check out what they had to say about what’s truth — and what’s myth— when reporting codes for ED E/M services. Myth: Time can be a factor when deciding ED E/M level Truth: You choose from ED E/M codes 99281 (Emergency department visit ...

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