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Ophthalmology Coding Alert

Reader Question:
Can Medical Assistants Select Codes?

Question: One of our ophthalmologists allows his medical assistant to choose his E/M codes. The assistant is not a certified coder and always picks the highest E/M code possible. Is there anything in writing stating that only a certified coder or physician can choose the codes? Answer: There are no written guidelines stating that a physician or certified coder must [...]