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From the Health Care Financing Administration
June 21, 2000

Evaluation & Management Services Guidelines

JAMA. 2000;283(23):3061. doi:10.1001/jama.283.23.3061

This week we are unveiling new, draft documentation guidelines for evaluation and management (E&M) services. After pilot testing, these simplified guidelines will replace the current ones.

These guidelines are important because a properly documented medical record is essential to good clinical care. It eases communication and coordination among physicians and other health care professionals. Proper documentation also ensures that taxpayer dollars are spent in accordance with the law and that the level of service in a submitted claim was, in fact, the level provided.