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Major changes of E/M office visits entered into 2021

Madhavi Perumpalath (madhavi.perumpalath@nghs.com) is Director, Physician Practice Compliance, Northeast Georgia Health System, Gainesville, GA.

The most significant changes to evaluation and management (E/M) coding in many years took effect January 1, 2021.[1] The new E/M coding rules will allow you to choose from new patient codes 99202–99205 and established patient codes 99212–99215 based on either medical decision-making (MDM) or time. (Established patient code 99211 will still be valid, but the descriptor will not reference MDM or time.)

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