2021 Outpatient Evaluation and Management (E/M) Code and Guideline Changes
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This module provides guidance on E/M documentation and coding changes effective January 1, 2021. Upon completion of this module you will:
- Be able to streamline your documentation for outpatient E/M services;
- Understand the revised guidelines for using time devoted to patient care to determine the level of service;
- Make clinically relevant code selection based on the revised criteria.
To successfully complete this activity, the required evaluation must be completed immediately following the completion of the module in order to receive credit. Thereafter, the evaluation will no longer be available and credits will not be issued.
This program is targeted to physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.
Following the completion of the module, learners will be able to:
- Design EMR templates with “smart phrases” that contribute to appropriate documentation.
- Use the revised CMS documentation and coding requirements beginning January 2021.
- Employ a communication strategy that merges observation, expertise, and decision-making of the healthcare team to optimize patients' care.
This enduring material received no commercial or in-kind support.
Conflict of Interest
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Such disclosures will be available prior to the start of the activity. Jefferson Conflict of Interest resolution process may result in changes to the program agenda.
No member of the faculty/planning committee have any conflict of interest to disclose.
Janis Donaghy, BS, CPC, CHC-Activity Director
Katelyn Conners, MSOD
Bracken Babula, MD
Kiersten LeBar, DNP, MMHC, CPNP-AC
Alice Isidro, MS PA-CA
Neither one of the content reviewers have any conflict of interest to disclose.
Gretchen Segado, MS, CPC
In support of improving patient care, Thomas Jefferson University is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Physicians: The Thomas Jefferson University designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Thomas Jefferson University has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 1.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.
Nurses: This activity awards 1.0 nursing contact hours.
Release Date: December 3, 2020
Expiration Date: December 2, 2022
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
- 1.00 Attendance
- 1.00 CNE
- 1.00 PA