January 30, 2020

AMA Issues Coding Guidance on 2021 E/M Changes

American College of Radiology® (ACR®) representatives attended an educational session hosted by the American Medical Association in Chicago Jan. 23 to provide information on the Evaluation and Management (E/M) workgroup, RVS Update Committee recommendations, E/M office visit revisions, and changes for calendar year 2021.

The guidelines and code descriptors to the Current Procedural Terminology® E/M office or other outpatient visit codes 99202-99215 will be revised to allow billing based on medical decision making as defined for each service OR the total time spent with the patient on the date of the encounter.

The ACR is closely monitoring and exploring all avenues to mitigate the reductions to take place for imaging services starting Jan. 1, 2021, as a result of the E/M policy.