E/M Coding Changes for 2021


Considerable changes are being made to Medicare outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) codes. The transition will take effect on January 1, 2021 and will likely affect physicians across all specialties. 

The changes are currently restricted to new and established outpatient visits (CPT codes 99202-99205, 99211-99215) and will impact everyone who assigns codes, manages patient information, or pays claims including physicians, health information managers, coders, payers, health systems, and hospitals.

What can you do to prepare?
• Watch our E/M Coding Changes for 2021 CME webinars hosted by Dr. Thomas Weida and Kim Huey (Free for Members).
• The Medical Association has compiled resources to help members prepare for the changes.


Resources:

AMA E/M Learning Module
AMA MDM Table
What doctor's must know
E/M prep: Avoid these pitfalls in move to new office-visit codes
A Checklist for Solo and Independent Physicians
A Checklist for Employed Physicians
Questions to Ask Your Vendors
Questions to Ask Your Payers
Big Changes in E/M coding: 10 tools to help you prepare