NGS no longer mandating code changes as previously announced:
The originally planned differentiation in examination requirements for Expanded Problem Focused (2-5) and Detailed (6-7) levels of service will no longer be considered mandatory for providers as of 7/1/2017. NGS developed these suggestions in response to multiple provider queries on the original levels (both EPF and Detailed at 2-7), and has received strong provider support for delineating the two levels as a means of more accurately coding a service. NGS will not, however, mandate the changes as previously announced; all medical records reviewed will be subject to the original standard of 2-7 or the newly suggested levels of 2-5 and 6-7, in whatever manner is more beneficial to our providers. These suggestions apply to services coded as per the CMS 1995 Documentation Guidelines for Evaluation and Management Services; suggestions do not apply to services coded as per the CMS 1997 Documentation Guidelines for Evaluation and Management Services.
The posted NGS Evaluation & Management Documentation Training Tool reflects the 2-7 exam component standard for both coding levels, and will remain unchanged.