Key E/M Updates From the 2021 Proposed Fee Schedule: What You Need to Know - On-Demand

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Quick Overview

Get a complete rundown of the E/M coding and policy updates contained in the 2021 proposed fee schedule, and understand how to get ahead of the changes and prepare your practice for success.

Price: $199.00

Key E/M Updates From the 2021 Proposed Fee Schedule: What You Need to Know - On-Demand

Key E/M Updates From the 2021 Proposed Fee Schedule: What You Need to Know - On-Demand

Available ON-DEMAND

Presented on:
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 

Presented by: Betsy Nicoletti, CPC

The long-awaited E/M office visit changes are on track to go live January 1, 2021. The AMA is significantly revising the documentation guidelines for the oft-used 99202–99215 code set, and all payers—public and private—are expected to adopt the changes.

With the release of the proposed 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule on August 4, CMS confirmed the new direction, which marks the first significant revision to the E/M code set from Medicare in more than 20 years.

During this webinar, you’ll get a complete rundown of the E/M coding and policy updates contained in the 2021 proposed fee schedule, which will chart the course for changes taking place January 1.

As background, in concert with the AMA’s changes, CMS will focus on just two elements—medical decision-making (MDM) or time—for successful documentation and accurate code level selection. Additionally, new code valuations may significantly alter payment amounts for Level 2 to 4 codes.

Because E/M services are at the heart of many practices’ revenue, these changes could significantly disrupt your current E/M payment policies and documentation guidelines. Practices need to understand CMS’ proposals to map out a clear strategy ahead of the January 1 start date.

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

  • Understand the E/M documentation changes you should be preparing for
  • Discover how CMS’ proposals would shift a major source of revenue (i.e., your E/M encounters)
  • Implement early-stage training and identify ongoing guidance needs as 2021 approaches
  • Take steps to get ahead of the E/M changes and prepare your practice for success


  • Gain in-depth details about E/M changes contained in the 2021 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule
  • Find out how CMS plans to alter its documentation guidelines for E/M office visit codes 99202–99215 in 2021
  • Understand the reworked MDM guidelines and time-based coding standards
  • Discover new code valuations that can upend E/M payments, with big changes coming to Level 2 to 5 code rates
  • Learn about key add-on codes and prolonged service codes that can bring in additional revenue to your practice
  • Q&A

Who Should Listen?

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

Meet the Speaker

Betsy Nicoletti, CPCBetsy 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, NicolettiNotes.

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.

This program has been approved by the Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance for 1 CEU towards the maintenance of the ACS, SCP and CCP-P credentials.

Ability to claim credits for this webinar expires on: 8/31/21


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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