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Pay-per-view: E/M reporting remains a challenge in the ED

APCs Insider, October 2, 2015

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Because CMS has not created any national ED E/M guidelines, providers must create their own criteria for each visit level. CMS has developed a list of 11 criteria that it uses when auditing facility E/M criteria.
Facility ED E/M guidelines should be designed to reasonably relate the intensity of hospital resources required to the different levels of effort represented by the code.
Note that ED E/M codes do not distinguish between new and established patients. Additionally, because E/M services in the ED vary so widely in intensity, time is not used as a descriptive component of the codes.
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