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How to Properly Report Prolonged Evaluation and Management Services

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Have you ever had a patient take more time with the provider than they were scheduled for? Do you understand which codes to report and the rules that govern them to allow for better reimbursement? Prolonged Service codes were created just for that reason but you must carefully follow the documentation ...

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CMS Proposes to Reverse E/M Stance to Align with AMA Revisions

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On July 29, 2019, CMS released their proposed rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2020. Last year’s final rule “finalized the assignment of a single payment rate for levels 2 through 4 office/outpatient E/M visits beginning in CY 2021.” It also changed some of the documentation requirements (e.g., ...

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A United Approach

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A United Approach As auditors, we all have a different perspective when evaluating documentation. It would be unreasonable to think that we all view things the same way. In my opinion, differing perspectives are what makes a great team because you can coalesce on a particular chart, work it through and ...

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What Medical Necessity Tools Does Find-A-Code Offer?

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Find-A-Code is a great resource for individuals working in all aspects of healthcare, from providers and ancillary staff to the attorneys and payers who assess and critique the documentation supporting the services performed. When recently asked what tools Find-A-Code has to help support medical necessity, our response was, "We provide many resources ...

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Noting "Noncontributory" for Past Medical, Family, Social History - Is It Acceptable?

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Is "noncontributory" really an unacceptable word to describe a patient whose family history doesn't have any bearing on the condition being evaluated and treated today?

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What to Look for When Auditing Smoking Cessation Services

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What to Look for When Auditing Smoking Cessation Services

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Let's Talk High Risk E/M Services

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Have you ever assigned a high-complexity E/M code (e.g., 99205, 99215, 99223, 99233, 99245, etc.) and wondered if it would stand up to further scrutiny? Well, let’s take a closer look at the requirements for reporting high-level E/M services.   Both the American Medical Association and Medicare-published E/M Guidelines agree that a ...

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CPT Announces 2021 E/M Changes

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In 2018, Medicare announced their plans for revamping the Evaluation and Management coding structure and was met with a rapid response from the medical community, including the AMA and many other organizations. As a result, the Medicare changes implemented in 2019 were mostly documentation-related changes that generally benefited providers but were not ...

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What is Medical Necessity and How Does Documentation Support It?

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We recently fielded the question, “What is medical necessity and how do I know if it's been met?" The AMA defines medical necessity as: It is important to understand that while the AMA provides general guidance on what they consider medically necessary services, these particular coding guidelines are generic and may be ...

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The Impact of Medical Necessity on High Level E/M Services

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I was recently asked the question, "Does 99233 require documentation of a past medical, family, and/or social history (PFSH)?"  The quick answer is, "it depends." Code 99233 has the following minimal component requirement: Subsequent inpatient E/M encounters can meet the code level requirement either by component scoring & medical necessity or time & medical necessity. ...

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Take the Stress out of Leveling Using our E/M Calculator

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Our E/M Calculator takes the stress out of leveling Evaluation and Management codes. This tool can be used by auditors, as well as coders and students learning E/M coding. Calculate based on Time or Components. The exam portion lets you chose either 95, 97 Guidelines or both.  Included with our Professional and Facility Subscription!  ...

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AMA Issues new CMT Information

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As many of you may already be keenly aware, there have been ongoing problems with many payers (e.g., BCBS of Ohio) regarding the appropriateness of reporting an E/M visit on the same day as CMT (CLICK HERE to read article). The AMA recently released an FAQ which renders their opinion ...

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Are you Ready for CMS' 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule?

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The waiting is over, the Final Rule for CMS' 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) is available - all 2,379 pages for those looking for a little light reading. As anticipated, there are some pretty significant changes. Most of us were carefully watching the proposed changes to the Evaluation and ...

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Prolonged Services Its Not Just About Time

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Time, as it applies to E/M codes, has often been viewed as an "if/then" proposition. "If" the documentation shows that a majority of the encounter was based on counseling and/or coordination of care, "then" we choose the highest level of service based on the total time of the encounter. However, a ...

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The Potential Impacts of a Flat Rate EM Reimbursement on our Industry

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The proposed E&M changes by CMS would decrease provider administrative work burden by, per CMS, 51 hours a year; however, how will reducing documentation requirements truly affect the professionals of the healthcare industry? First, let’s discuss the 30,000-foot overview of the most impactful E&M changes—which is the change to the...

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BREAKING NEWS: CMS Proposes to Change E&M Coding

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On July 16th 2018, anyone subscribed to the CMS Quality Payment Program received an e-mail containing a letter to doctors from Seem Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). There are some widespread changes proposed in this letter of which you need to be aware. Where ...

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CMS Proposes Changes to Evaluation & Management Requirements

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It is no secret that providers have long argued that E/M coding is burdensome and does not truly reflect the services provided. This fact is acknowledged by CMS with the following statement "Prior attempts to revise the E/M guidelines were unsuccessful or resulted in additional complexity due to lack of ...

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CMS Proposed New E/M Codes for Podiatry

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According to CMS changes are coming for E/M codes.  A recent proposal from CMS stated: "The E/M visit code set is outdated and needs to be revised and revalued." Since podiatry tends to furnish a lower level of E/M visits, CMS is proposing new G-codes to report E/M office/outpatient visits. The proposed ...

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Auditing Therapy Evaluation Codes - Not So Quick!

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New evaluation codes for physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) codes were made effective 1/1/2017. Three new physical therapy evaluation codes replaced 97001, and three new occupational evaluation codes replaced 97003. Chart 1 - Short Code Descriptors The PT and OT reevaluation codes remain the same but were...

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EM Code Changes in CPT 2018

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It is that time of year again! The time to throw out the old and bring in the new. With the release of the CPT 2018 updates, we will see major changes in coding throughout the E/M section.

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Webinar: Basic E&M Avoiding Common Errors

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Join us for AAPC CEU approved Education and Outreach with Noridian BASIC E AND M AVOIDING COMMON ERRORS Start Date: 5/15/18 Duration: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM - Pacific Daylight Time Type: Web-based Workshop Register Now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7977003427311130113 Abstract: This presentation is designed to provide basic information on the billing and...

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Documentation for Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services

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According to WPS, when billing or coding for E/M services you should follow a few guidelines. Documentation must support the level of service billed and the medical necessity for the level billed. Below are additional tips for services which commonly incur CERT error findings for insufficient documentation. Critical Care Visits  Clear indication of patient ...

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Q/A: Why is Code 99080 Being Denied when Billed with an E/M Service?

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In order to understand and answer the question, "Why code 99080 is being denied when billed with an E/M Service, it is important to first review the requriements of selecting the appropriate level of Evaluation and Management service and how that relates to reporting a 99080 special report service. Continue reading for better understanding.

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CPT Code for DOT exams

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Question: I have a provider that provides Department of Transportation (DOT) exams. I have found ICD-10 code Z02.4 (encounter for examination for drivers license) but I am unsure which CPT Code to use. Would I still use 99203 or 99204?

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Consultation Codes Q/A

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Question Are there consultation codes that can be used for new and existing patients when a review of systems and detailed history is performed but no examination due to the patient's reluctance to make a decision to continue with the visit but has taken up 30-45 minutes of the doctors time?

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Scoring & Reporting Your Audit Findings

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This week we had a great question posted to our online forum, and I thought it would be a nice thought- provoking question for our auditing and compliance tip of the week.

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What's the definition of an Office Visit and Can I Bill it With a Chiropractic Treatment?

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What is the definition of Office Visit? Can It be billed with a Chiropractic Treatment? What about using code 99123 E&M code for office visits? Can we bill of office visits even though we are giving chiropractic care?

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E/M Documentation and Coding Webinars

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E/M and the Organ Systems Part 2 of 2

E/M and the Organ Systems Part 2 of 2

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E-M and the Organ Systems (Part 1)

E-M and the Organ Systems (Part 1)

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Coding Auditing Evaluation and Management and 2019

Coding Auditing Evaluation and Management and 2019

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Evaluation and Management Coding and Auditing

Are you responsible for selecting or reviewing Evaluation and Management service levels? Do you wonder how well you know the rules and how to apply them? Join Aimee in this webinar to review and then applly the rules of E/M coding. She will also do a live demonstration of the new Find-A-Code E/M Calculator Tool to assess the level of E/M service for two office visits, one new (99201-99205) and the other established (99212-99215).

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Coding Auditing Inpatient Evaluation and Management — A Hands-On Experience

Do your providers perform and report Evaluation and Management (E/M) services in the inpatient setting? Does the documentation match with the services being billed, or does it fall short? Join Aimee for a hands-on audit of an inpatient E/M service and get an idea of the information and documentation needed to correctly code inpatient E/M services.

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The Proper Way to Report Modifiers

Modifier 25 has long been a coding conundrum and an auditor's gold mine. Don't risk take-backs, penalties, or accusations of fraud and abuse. Join Aimee in this webinar on how to properly report modifier 25 and have confidence in your code reporting.

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Using Find-A-Code's New Evaluation and Management Calculator Tool

Using Find-A-Code's New Evaluation and Management Calculator Tool

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Evaluation and Management Self Audit for Beginners, Part 4: Medical Decision Making

Evaluation and Management Self Audit for Beginners, Part 4: Medical Decision Making

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Evaluation and Management Self Audit for Beginners, Part 3: Examination

Evaluation and Management Self Audit for Beginners, Part 3: Examination

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Evaluation and Management Self Audit for Beginners, Part 2: History

Evaluation and Management Self Audit for Beginners, Part 2: History

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Evaluation and Management Self Audit for Beginners, Part 1: Fundamentals

Evaluation and Management Self Audit for Beginners, Part 1: Fundamentals

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