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You can also find the AMA’s latest Level of Medical Decision Making (MDM) table with this link: https://www.ama-assn.org/system/files/2019-06/cpt-revised-mdm-grid.pdf

Summary

The AMA, with CMS’s support, has updated the coding guidelines for outpatient office visits in 2021.

  • New guidelines specific to 99202-99215
    • Changes to the typical times associated with the E/M codes 99202-99215
    • Changes to the prolonged services code with deletions and new add on codes for time
    • Changes to the medical decision-making table
    • Changes to E/M reimbursement for Medicare
  • Key Takeaways:
    • Code based on Time or Medical Decision Making
    • Reduced documentation requirements – “appropriate” history and exam

Suggested references for additional information:

Link to AMA CPT E/M Changes:
https://www.ama-assn.org/system/files/2019-06/cpt-office-prolonged-svs-code-changes.pdf

Link to AAPC’s Articles:
https://www.aapc.com/evaluation-management/em-codes-changes-2021.aspx
https://www.aapc.com/blog/52338-e-m-time-based-coding-made-easy/

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