Office Based Coding 101: It's a No Brainer

Publication ID Published Version
8438 July 19, 2011 1


This comprehensive training program is designed to introduce and enhance Evaluation and Management coding skills for the office setting. The use of color, imagery and small group learning aid retention of the information presented. The program stresses level of service code selection based on Medical Decision Making. A unique color coded audit form is used to maximize the visual learning experience. A PowerPoint presentation and 12 weekly maintenance-of-skills scenarios are additional teaching methods. The workshop is designed to be completed in 90 minutes. Learners are asked to complete a pre-intervention skills survey. On the day of the workshop they complete a pre-intervention evaluation and a 10 item pretest. They are then divided into groups of five and given several copies of the color coded audit sheet to be used during the presentation and discussion. The PowerPoint slides aid in describing of the necessity to code properly and the elements that comprise the 99212-99215 and 99202-99205 levels of service. Interspersed are pre-test questions. Groups are asked to discuss the level of service designation and reach consensus for each case scenario as they appear in the presentation. At the conclusion a 10 item posttest is administered and participants are asked to complete a program evaluation. Following the workshop learners receive a weekly maintenance of skills scenario by email. Evaluation is based on posttest performance.


Miller D, Clark K, Whitecar P, Hawkins J. Office Based Coding 101: It's a No Brainer. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2011. Available from:

Educational Objectives

  1. To understand the need for CPT coding knowledge.
  2. To understand the process of CPT coding in the office.
  3. To apply CPT office based coding principles using example cases.
  4. To explain CPT level of service selected for case scenarios.
  5. To value CPT coding skills.


  • Coding, CPT, Evaluation and Management, Charts (MeSH), Current Procedural Terminology (MeSH)


  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  • Knowledge for Practice
  • Patient Care
  • Practice-based Learning & Improvement
  • Professionalism

Instructional Methods

  • Case-based Instruction/Learning
  • Lecture

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Intended Audience

  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training
    • Fellow
    • Resident


  • Presentation
  • Reference

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