Session Topic

A Deep Dive into Coding Medical Decision Making

2020 Evaluation and Management Symposium: Virtual Conference

Presented Wednesday, September 23, 2020


In this session, Shannon DeConda, President of NAMAS, will skillfully provide you with a better understanding of the 2021 rules for Medical Decision Making (MDM) by comparing and contrasting them to previous guidelines. Distinguish the difference between MDM and Medical Necessity, and know how they work together. Shannon will illustrate the impact of chart note documentation on coding and auditing and explain how the various pieces of the patient encounter need to come together collectively to accurately reflect the complexity of the visit. Explore key concepts for MDM, gain insight into the impact of word selection, and review examples from the 2021 guidelines that offer greater clarity for scoring the overall MDM in the future.

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  Shannon DeConda, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CPMA, CEMA — Partner, DoctorsManagement, LLC — President, NAMAS
President/Founder, NAMAS and President, Coding & Billing Services, and a Partner at DoctorsManagement, LLC. She has over 16 years of experience as a multi-specialty auditor and coder. She has helped coders, medical chart auditors, and medical practices optimize business processes and maximize reimbursement by identifying lost revenue. She heads NAMAS, President of Coding & Billing Services and a Partner at DoctorsManagement, LLC. Shannon developed an audit certification training study guide, educational products and web-based tools for coders, auditors, and medical providers.