Auditing Records With New 2021 Evaluation And Management Rules

July 15, 2021
60 Mins
Stephanie Thomas
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The American Medical Association (AMA) and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented changes to Evaluation and Management (E/M) services for office or other outpatient E/M (99201-99215) CMS launched the Patients over Paperwork initiative in 2017 to reduce documentation overall and provide more time with patients. As of Jan 1, 2021, providers will select E/M services based on the level of the medical decision making as defined for each service or total time spent on the date of the encounter.

This change left providers confused with how to properly report their visits with patients. There is so much information being provided via email and the internet, but much is contradictory to each other. This webinar will break down the new guidelines in a way that Providers and their staff can understand and implement MUCH needed auditing within their workflow to ensure they are reporting appropriate coding.  

Self-auditing is the best way to protect your practice from RAC and commercial payer audits. Join this webinar by expert speaker Stephanie Thomas and be sure all your clinical and billing staff join this session to learn all the ins and outs of the new regulations.

Webinar Objectives
  • Know the basics of the E&M 2021 changes
    • Time vs complexity
    • Change is verbiage of code description.
    • Prolonged service changes
    • Table of Risk explained, with real world examples
  • What to watch for in documentation audits
  • Use your EMR/EHR to your advantage. Update your templates for new rules
  • How to effectively educate providers
  • Common Q&A answered
Webinar Agenda
  • Understanding the new definitions and comparison to previous rules. Why the changes happened and how we use this to our advantage.
  • MDM TABLE: There is much confusion on the “Data to be reviewed and Analyzed” -this will be covered in depth, included who can be considered an “independent historian”
  • Drug therapy monitoring-what is included in this section of the risk table.
  • Total time for code selection-face-to-face time vs non-face-to-face time
Webinar Highlights
  • Better documentation
  • More time for patient care, less need for charting for hours
  • More appropriate reporting of E&M CPT ® codes
  • Workflow to audit to assure compliance within practice.
  • Training for all staff involved (all who join session)
Who Should Attend
  • Medical office staff
  • Administrators
  • Office managers
  • Preauthorization staff
  • Billing staff
  • Billing managers
  • Front desk staff
  • Medical assistants
  • CNA’s
Stephanie Thomas

Stephanie Thomas

Stephanie has worked in the medical, billing and coding industry for nearly 20 years. It is truly her passion. Stephanie works closely with small and large private practices to audit and collaboratively improve their revenue stream. She prides herself in her dedication to her clients and has built a team of incredible billers and coders to support her mission of assisting practices and Physicians across the country with proper coding and aggressive billing practices while being compliant. Stephanie also has extensive knowledge in physician practice processes, front desk, back office, and clinical. This knowledge allows her to be an invaluable asset for all things clinical operations,...
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