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Orthopedic Coding Alert

E/M:
Watch Out: Adult E/M Criteria May Not Apply to Pediatric Patients

You may be able to substitute notes to justify a higher-level E/M. As summer time rolls around and kids play outdoors, your orthopedic practice may see more pediatric patients, but be careful. Orthopedic surgery practices that use the same E/M standards for pediatric and adult patients may be selling themselves short. If you rethink your history, exam and medical decision-making [...]

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