Effective January 1, 2021, practitioners will have the choice to document office/outpatient E/M visits via medical decision making (MDM) or time. CMS is adopting the CPT's revised guidance, including deletion of CPT code 99201. The E/M code and guideline changes are specific for office and other outpatient visits and apply to codes 99201-99205 and 99211-99215. Based on the CPT changes, code 99201 is no longer valid for dates of service on and after January 1, 2021, as clinicians may choose the E/M visits level based on either medical decision making or time, both CPT code 99201 and 99202 previously require straightforward medical decision making, therefore the decision was made to delete CPT code 99201.
Learn about key changes to evaluation and management (E/M) services taking place in 2021, including recent and upcoming revisions impacting E/M coding and documentation guidelines.
For office/outpatient E/M visits, the 1995 and 1997 E/M guidelines will no longer be used for dates of service on and after January 1, 2021. For further guidance, see AMA E/M office visit revisions.
Are you reporting office/outpatient visits using the correct guidelines based on the date of service?
Evaluation and Management services is a hot topic right now. To be sure you are properly reporting office/outpatient E/M visits in 2021, be sure to register for our upcoming webinars. These educational sessions will review existing guidelines and upcoming changes and identify resources to help you navigate office/outpatient billing and coding requirements.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021:
10 am EST- 2021 Changes for Office/Outpatient E/M Services
2pm EST- Introduction to the Novitas Updated Interactive Evaluation and Management Score Sheet
You have the option of attending individual sessions or customizing your participation to your own personal schedule and area of interest. Learn more about the webinars and register by visiting our Event Calendar (JH) (JL) to participate.