Summary of Potential E/M Documentation & Coding Changes Discussed in CMS 2019 Final Rule

CMS proposed moving away form the current documentation guidelines to a more time-based and complexity method.

Initially, the plan was to keep reimbursement the same for level 1, but for levels 2-5 the reimbursement would have been averaged.  Meaning, regardless of whether you did a level 2 or a level 5, the reimbursement would be exactly the same.  However, due to the fact some subspecialties took action and expressed concern, CMS made a change.  In the Final Rule, reimbursement will not change for level 1 or level 5. What will change However, effective 2021, there will be an averaged/fixed allowed amount for levels 2-4.  CMS is still open to review feedback on this change.

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Wendy Block, CPC, RCC, CIRCC

Senior Coding Advisor