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Evaluation and Management Services Guide Released

Coding Corner

The information provided here applies to Medicare coding. Be sure to check with your Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for additional information and clarification on these and other items. You should also contact your local insurance carriers to determine if private insurers follow Medicare's lead on all coding matters.

Evaluation and Management Services Guide Released
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the release of a publication entitled, “Evaluation and Management Services Guide.” The guide provides information about the general principles of evaluation and management (E/M) documentation, and E/M billing and coding considerations. More detailed information on E/M documentation is provided in the 1995 and 1997 Documentation Guidelines for Evaluation and Management Services materials. All these and other materials are available at www.cms.gov/MLNEdWebGuide/25_EMDOC.asp.