Socioeconomic Tips: E/M Coding can be Easier than You Might Think

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Surgeons and their coding staff sometimes find evaluation and management (E/M) codes difficult to understand. However, the fact of the matter is that insufficient or incorrect documentation of E/M services results in payment denials and well as sanctions and penalties.

This article addresses the use of the consultation codes and summarizes the changes in the 2011 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)* manual that pertains to general surgery and closely related specialties.