“Simplified” E&M Coding

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Billing & coding isn’t the most exciting process in health care, but it’s a necessary part of most practices, and is hardly ever taught in residency or fellowship. I’ve had the opportunity to learn from many outstanding professional coders over the years, and for some reason found the topic fascinating. (To be fair, I’m still not the best at keeping up with the day-to-day process, but I really appreciate the idea.)

As part of a talk I gave our new Acute Care Surgery fellows (and a few faculty), I developed a brief guide to choosing the proper billing code for evaluation & management (i.e., non-procedural) services. Surgery coding is (relatively) easy: find the code for the surgery you did. (Yes, there are intricacies, but still….) E&M, even in my “brief” guide, is cumbersome and confusing. I haven’t previously been able to find a useful 1-page reference sheet for E&M, so I made one, then added a couple of pages of explanation & instructions. If it’s the sort of thing you’re interested in (or just find useful), feel free to share and enjoy. And please, send me feedback by email (on-call@christianjones.md) or on Twitter.

“Simplified” E&M Coding Quick Sheet, version 20160906

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