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February 12, 2020

Major E/M changes for 2021

Evaluation and Management (E/M) coding and guidelines are about to undergo the most significant changes since their implementation in the 1990s.
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The first phase of these changes begins Jan. 1, 2021, and is limited to new and established outpatient visits (CPT codes 99202-99205, 99211-99215). The changes are so significant that the AMA released a preview almost a year ahead of the usual release date and recently released educational materials.

Visit the AMA E/M Microsite to find the AMA’s early release of the 2021 E/M coding and guideline changes, the new Medical Decision Making (MDM) table, and the AMA E/M learning module. Future AMA educational resources on the use of time and MDM are expected to be released next month.

An in-depth article on the E/M changes, how they will impact you and steps you should take now to prepare will run in the March issue of GI & Hep News. Look for more information on preparing for the 2021 E/M changes in upcoming AGA eDigest, Washington Insider and GI & Hep News issues this year.

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