Evaluation and management (E/M) services occur in the hospital as inpatient or observation visits. They also occur in nursing homes, physicians’ offices, emergency departments and even in the home. While there have been guidelines since 1995 and guidelines updated in 1997, both of which are still used, E/M services still have been vulnerable to fraud and abuse.
In 2021, major changes will be implemented for new and established patient office visits. However, there are some immediate concerns because the changes only apply to new and established office visits.