The “You Code It! Office E/M 2020 and 2021” article elsewhere in this issue provided the following information that was pertinent to code selection under the 2020 and 2021 coding instructions for office and other outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) services:

Coding with 2020 instructions for office and other outpatient E/M services results in the codes in Table 1. Fifteen minutes of face-to-face time supports code 99202 or, if the payer requires that the typical time in the code descriptor be met or exceeded, 99201. Modifier 25 is appended to indicate the E/M service was distinct and separately identifiable in the documentation from the preventive medicine service. The service documented would not support a new patient E/M code based on key components, as all 3 key components are not met. A payer might allow established patient code 99213 based on the detailed history and low MDM supported...

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