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CMS delays change to E & M to CY 2021

CMS delays any significant change to E & M office visits to CY 2021

In its July 12, 2018 proposed rule, CMS sought comments on consolidating the current structure of 
evaluation and management (E/M) office visits, from five levels to two levels. In its final rule, CMS delayed this significant change until CY 2021, while, in the interim, implementing a number of smaller changes to the documentation guidelines for E/M office visits. Part of CMS’s reason for the delay was the strong negative reactions from industry stakeholders.