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Audit of Medicare Emergency Department Evaluation and Management Services

An emergency department is defined as an organized, hospital-based facility for providing unscheduled or episodic services to patients who present for immediate medical attention. Certain Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes should only be used when a beneficiary is seen in an emergency department and the services described by the health care CPT coding system code definition are provided. Medicare reimburses physicians based on a patient's documented needs at the time of a visit. All evaluation and management (E/M) services reported to Medicare must be adequately documented so that medical necessity is clearly evident. This review will determine whether Medicare payments to providers for emergency department E/M services were appropriate, medically necessary, and paid in accordance with Medicare requirements.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
August 2021 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Audit of Medicare Emergency Department Evaluation and Management Services Office of Audit Services W-00-21-35877 2022