Prepare Your Ortho Practice for the 2021 E/M Office Visit Guidelines - On-Demand

Product Code: YMPDA092220A

Quick Overview

The 2021 E/M office visit guidelines are almost here—be prepared! This webinar will review definitions from the new guidelines, time vs. medical decision-making, and reporting split/shared visits.

Price: $199.00

Prepare Your Ortho Practice for the 2021 E/M Office Visit Guidelines - On-Demand

Prepare Your Ortho Practice for the 2021 E/M Office Visit Guidelines - On-Demand

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Available ON-DEMAND

Presented on:Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Presented by: Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR

Learn the unique impact that orthopedic surgery practices face from the 2021 E/M office visit guidelines, including how to navigate the revised medical decision-making (MDM) table and when it makes more sense to document visits based on time. The coding and documentation overhaul is just months away. The revamped E/M office visit guidelines take effect January 1, 2021 and will create significant new rules for your office visit codes (99202–99215). During this webinar, you’ll spend time reviewing definitions from the new guidelines, including key changes to the three elements of MDM and how they will affect your typical orthopedic office visits. Being prepared will help maintain your vital E/M revenue stream.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Determine whether time or MDM is the best way to code a given orthopedic office visit
  • Identify the services that are included in a time-based office visit
  • Understand how and when to report the new prolonged service code as well as how split/shared office visits will work
  • Navigate the revised MDM table to quickly and accurately determine the office visit level
  • Be ready to identify potential audit triggers based on the new guidelines


  • Time versus medical decision-making: When it makes sense to report each
  • Key elements of time reporting, including services that are included
  • How to report split/shared visits in the office setting, as well as the new and revised prolonged E/M codes
  • Elements of MDM-based coding for ortho, including how to select problems addressed, data analyzed, and management risk based on orthopedics-specific scenarios
  • Q&A

Who Should Listen?

  • Orthopedic practice and therapy practice professional coders
  • Coding managers
  • Billing managers
  • Clinicians

Meet the Speaker

Margie Scalley VaughtMargie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR, has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare arena, including more than 20 years in orthopedic coding, billing, and reimbursement. Vaught frequently performs internal audits, provides education and training to physicians and office staff, and helps clinics establish billing and compliance manuals. She is an advisor on orthopedic coding to the Board of Medical Specialty Coding and helped develop the Advanced Orthopedic Coding credentialing exam. Vaught has contributed many articles to the AAOS Bulletin, and she is a consulting editor to Medical Practice Coding Pro and the Orthopedic Coder’s Pink Sheet. 


Continuing Education

This program has the prior approval of AAPC for 1 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

Ability to claim credits for this webinar expires on: 9/30/21


Webinar system requirements and program materials: 
To fully benefit from the webinar experience, please note you will need a computer equipped with the following:

Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, with JavaScript enabled 
Internet: 56K or faster Internet connection (high-speed connection recommended) 
Streaming: for audio/video streaming, Adobe Flash plug-in or Safari browser on iOS devices 

Prior to the webinar, you will receive an email with detailed system requirements, your login information, presentation slides, and other materials that you can print and distribute to all attendees at your location. 

No problem. The On-Demand version is also available. Use it as a training tool at your convenience—whenever your new or existing staff need a refresher or need to understand a new concept. Play it once or dozens of times. A $199 value! 

Participation in the webinar is just $199 per site. All materials must be retrieved from the Internet. 

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