Michael Calahan, PA, MBA
Physician practices are under intense scrutiny, led by several aggressive and pervasive federal auditing initiatives. One of the primary targets for these initiatives is the most common physician service provided: the E/M service—with the most prevalent E/M service being the basic office visit. Physicians and practice managers should be aware of the risk areas when documenting, coding, and billing E/M services. This article presents the top 10 areas of risk exposure for such services, and throws in an additional eleventh area for an added preventive measure.