Reviewing 2021 E/M Coding Updates
for Time

On January 1, 2021, CMS adopted extensive revisions to office and other outpatient evaluation and management services (E/M) for the first time in 25 years. These changes primarily focused on guidelines and code selection for medical decision making (MDM) or time. According to an article from Medical Economics, “the definition of time was changed to total time spent on the day of the patient encounter, not typical time, and represents total physician or QHP time on the date of service. This includes the time in activities that require the physician or QHP and does not include time in activities normally performed by clinical staff. The use of date-of-service time builds on the movement over the last several years by Medicare to better recognize the work involved in non-face-to-face services such as care coordination. These definitions only apply when code selection is based primarily on time and not MDM.”

To learn more about 2021 E/M guidelines for time, click here to read the article or view our additional solutions below.

Taking a Look at Significant Billing Coding Changes for 2021

As we continue through 2021, it’s important to take a look at what changed on the billing front.

Some of the items include:

  • Selecting a Level Of Service (Office or Other Outpatient E/M)

  • Medical Decision Making (MDM)

  • Time

  • Prolonged Services

Watch our on-demand webinar for an update on some of the significant Evaluation and Management coding changes for 2021.

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