2021 Evaluation and Management Codes: Is a History Required?

2021 Evaluation and Management Codes: Is a History Required?

October 20, 2022

Question:
My coder just told me about the new guidelines for 2021 office visit codes. She said I no longer have to document a History. This doesn’t seem right to me.

Answer:
You are wise to ask because that’s not exactly true. It is correct that the History will no longer be used to select a new patient (9920x) or established patient (9921x) visit code. However, it is expected that you will document a “medically appropriate” (per CPT™ history for each encounter.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 10/20/22

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