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Changes to outpatient evaluation and management coding: 2021 will be a better year

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      • Changes to outpatient Evaluation and Management coding for 2021 are explained.
      • Outpatient visits are now based on either time or medical decision-making (MDM) only.
      • The three elements of MDM will be the basis for most outpatient encounters.
      • Frequently asked questions about the new system are addressed.
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      References

      1. https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/Partnerships/Downloads/PoPNovember2018.pdf, p.5.

      2. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Pub 100-04 Medicare Claims Processing. Dec 4, 2020: 5-6
      3. AMA Common Procedural Terminology (CPT®) 2021 Professional Edition p. 5–20.