"2021: Are You Ready?"

 

There are seismic changes coming to E/M coding for office patients starting in 2021.  For the first time in over twenty years, we will have new E/M guidelines.  The new rules apply ONLY to new and established office patients and will fundamentally change the way you document your patient encounters.  This is extremely good news for any physician who sees new or established office patients.  The rules for documenting our patient encounters are about to get much easier to follow.

  • The extent of the history and physical exam will no longer affect the level of care.
  • The level of care will be driven by medical decision-making OR by time.
  • Time will include both face-to-face time and non-face-to-face time on the date of the visit.
  • There will be a new method for calculating medical decision-making.
  • The 99201 level of care will be deleted.
  • There will be a new 99417 code for prolonged services.
  • There will be a new G code for medical complexity and/or primary care.

Starting in 2021, time or medical decision-making is all that matters when it comes to selecting the level of care for new and established office patients.  This curriculum will explain the changes that are coming in 2021 and then take you step-by-step through the process of how to document each level of care for new and established office patients.  These three modules will teach you everything you need to know to hit the ground running in 2021.  Earn three house of AMA Category 1 CME while you learn how to simplify your documentation in 2021.

 

Office-Based E/M Services: 2021

 

E/M Coding Update: 2021

 

This one hour course will review the changes coming to E/M coding for new and established office patients.  The new method for adding up time spent will be discussed as well as the new approach for calculating the medical decision-making.  We also cover the positive impact the wRVU changes will likely have on reimbursement for new and established office patients.  The new G code for medical complexity and/or primary care and the new prolonged services code will also be reviewed.  This course includes real-life clinical examples to illustrate how to incorporate the new rules into daily practice.


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Run time: 59 minutes    CME: 1 hour

 

New Office Patients: 2021

 

This course will take you step-by-step through all levels of care for new office patients, showing how to apply the new 2021 E/M guidelines in daily practice.  The good news is that the arbitrary rules for documenting the history and exam will no longer apply.  The challenge will be learning the new approach to calculating our medical decision-making.  Numerous examples will illustrate how to quantify your cognitive labor using the new rules and show to select the correct level of care for any encounter.  

 

Run time: 40 minutes    CME: 1 hour

 

Established Office Patients: 2021

 

Similar to the new office patients course, this module will take you step-by-step through all five levels of care for established office patients.   Learn how to calculate your medical decision-making to select the correct level of care for each visit, then see how the new guidelines will change the way you perform and document the history and exam for established office patients.  

 

Run time: 39 minutes    CME: 1 hour

 


E/M Coding Update 2021
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