Evaluation and management (E/M) coding is the use of CPT® codes from the range 99202-99499 to represent services provided by a physician or other qualified healthcare professional. As the name E/M indicates, these medical codes apply to visits and services that involve evaluating and managing patient health.
Examples of E/M services include office visits, hospital visits, home services, and preventive medicine services. Codes for services like surgeries and radiologic imaging are found outside of the E/M section of the CPT® code set.
Medicare, Medicaid, and other third-party payers accept E/M codes on claims that physicians and other qualified healthcare professionals submit to request reimbursement for their professional services. E/M service codes also may be used to bill for outpatient facility services. Facilities and practices may use E/M codes internally, as well, to assist with tracking and analyzing the services they provide.
E/M services are high-volume services. Even small E/M coding mistakes can cause major compliance and payment issues if the errors are repeated on a large number of claims. To ensure accurate reporting and reimbursement for these services, those involved in the coding process need to stay up to date on E/M coding rules. An important area to watch is that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) implemented major changes for office/outpatient E/M coding and documentation rules in 2021, and experts expect other E/M sections will see similar changes in the future.
What Will You Learn?
- Pragmatic learning approach
- Assessments/polls and feedback (very critical)
- Chart dissection process (learn from scratch)
- Chart coding and code capturing skills
- Case presentation activities (builds confidence)
- Acquire ‘Defend your code’ skills (audit purpose)
- Interview preps