Together, the AMA and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have achieved the first overhaul of evaluation and management (E/M) office visit documentation and coding in almost 30 years. These landmark E/M office visit code changes deploy Jan. 1, 2021.
These revisions have the potential to significantly reduce physician burden and improve patient care. However, in order to properly implement these large-scale changes, active planning is critical. As the authoritative source on the CPT® code set, the AMA is committed to assisting the health care community transition with as little friction as possible.
On Jan. 23, 2020, the CPT®/RUC Workgroup on E/M hosted a panel presentation to help the health care community hit the ground running when the E/M office visit documentation and coding changes deploy on Jan. 1, 2021.
How did we get here and what changes can you expect?
Chris Jagmin, MD, vice chair of the CPT® Editorial Panel, presents the history of the CPT®/RUC Workgroup on E/M and an overview of the revisions to the 2021 E/M office visit CPT® codes.
Using MDM criteria to document an office visit
Peter Hollmann, MD, co-chair of the CPT®/RUC Workgroup on E/M, elaborates on how to use the new medical decision making (MDM) criteria to select a level of service.
Using time to select a code level
Barbara Levy, MD, co-chair of the CPT®/RUC Workgroup on E/M, elaborates on how to select a code in the office or other outpatient setting using total time on the date of the encounter.