2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: Prepare for E/M Shift, Fee Updates, and More - On-Demand

Product Code: YMPDA121620A

Quick Overview

Get ready for new E/M office visit coding rules and policy updates with a comprehensive overview of the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

Price: $199.00

2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: Prepare for E/M Shift, Fee Updates, and More - On-Demand

2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: Prepare for E/M Shift, Fee Updates, and More - On-Demand

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Available ON- DEMAND

Presented on: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 

Presented by: Betsy Nicoletti, CPC

Prepare a path for success in 2021 with a comprehensive overview of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. CMS has an array of topics under its scope as the calendar flips to the new year, including an overhaul of the E/M office visit (99202–99215) documentation guidelines and fees.

After CMS approved the new E/M office visit coding rules in the proposed fee schedule in August, the revisions remain on track to go live January 1. Discover the CMS- and AMA-approved changes and what they mean for your core E/M patient encounters.

Also during this webinar, you’ll gain an overview of the E/M coding and policy updates contained in the 2021 final fee schedule, including guidance on the new prolonged services code (99417) and the rules surrounding medical decision-making and time.

Additionally, the 60-minute webinar will cover:

  • The coming 2021 policy on audio-only E/M services
  • Telehealth services
  • The conversion factor and 2021 payments
  • Specialty winners and losers
  • And more

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

  • Understand the 2021 E/M documentation changes
  • Explain how medical decision-making and time will determine E/M code level selection
  • Demonstrate how updates to the conversion factor and physician fees will alter payments in 2021
  • Learn how CMS’ proposals would shift a major source of revenue—i.e., your E/M encounters
  • Know how to report prolonged services code 99417
  • Understand how CMS plans to cover audio-only and telehealth visits in 2021


  • Gain an overview of the E/M office visit changes contained in the 2021 final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
  • Discover the new documentation rules, which center on medical decision-making or time
  • Understand how to report new prolonged services code 99417, along with billing discrepancies between the AMA and CMS
  • Discover new fee valuations and the conversion factor update, which will determine specialty fees in 2021
  • Find out which specialties are winning and losing fees
  • Q&A

Who Should Listen?

  • Outpatient coders
  • Billers
  • Practice administrators
  • Compliance officers
  • Internal auditors

Meet the Speaker

Betsy Nicoletti

Betsy Nicoletti, CPC, is a speaker, writer, and consultant with expertise in physician coding and compliance for medical practices. Her latest resource,, is an online library providing education and resources for coders and medical practices. She is the author of The Field Guide to Physician Coding, Fourth Edition, and Auditing Physician Services, Third Edition. She’s written for Physicians Practice, Family Practice Management, Medscape, and the Journal of Practice Management, and writes a popular blog, Nicoletti Notes.

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: 12/31/21

This program is preapproved by the Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance (BMSC) for CEU(s).


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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