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Family Practice Coding Alert

You Be the Coder:
Time to Brush Up on E/M Guidelines

Question: As a new coder, I am still a little confused by the times listed in the descriptors for evaluation and management (E/M) services 99201-99215. Are they average times, or are they the total amount of time a provider can spend counseling a patient? For example, 99214 states "Typically, 25 minutes are spent face-to-face with the patient and/or family." Does [...]