Updating office E/M coding

By James Davidson, MD

Updated guidelines and tables for 2010

In May 2007, AAOS Now published “A simple system for coding E/M services,” a series of guidelines and tables for correct coding of evaluation and management (E/M) services. But the rules have changed since then, so this article updates that information. Orthopaedists and practices may use these guidelines to assist in internal compliance. New rules such as “no consults for Medicare” and emphasis of current red flags for audits are included.

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