Can we utilize the "status of three or more chronic/inactive conditions" as an extended History of Present Illness (HPI) for the 1995 guidelines?

For reporting services furnished on and after September 10, 2013 to Medicare, you may use the 1997 documentation guidelines along with other elements from the 1995 documentation guidelines to document an extended HPI for E/M services.

  • 1995 documentation guidelines – Should describe four or more elements of the present HPI or associated comorbidities
  • 1997 documentation guidelines – Should describe at least four elements of the present HPI or the status of at least three chronic or inactive conditions

Resource: CMS MLN Evaluation and Management Services Guide

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