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Grand Rounds: Coding for Evaluation and Management (E/M) Telemedicine Services


By Bruce Cohen, MD , Akron Children's Hospital

Objectives (Educational Content) :

1.) Evaluate the current epidemiology regarding COVID-19. 2.) Determine protocols to conserve current PPE supply. 3.) Develop unique approaches to patient care, including telemedicine, during the COVID- 19 pandemic.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists and nurses

Identified Gap:

COVID-19 Pandemic

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour

Expiration Date for CME Credit:


Method of Physician Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CME credit.



CPT and HSPCS are accepted codes used for claim submission in the USA. Some of the content of this talk is specific to CMS/Medicare claims submission. Akron Children’s Hospital is collecting information from Ohio Medicaid and our commercial payers that may supersede the information presented during this April 6, 2020 talk, and as mentioned in the presentation, the rules regarding claim submission have changed quickly and may be modified or rescinded in the future. Billing for Akron Children’s Hospital services should follow the guidelines outlined on the Telehealth section on If there are questions from Akron Children’s Hospital employees on how to bill for telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic, they should email For those listening to this presentation that are not employees of Akron Children’s Hospital, please refer to your employer’s current policies, as well as local, state and federal laws.


Dr. Cohen serves an associate editor for Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology, Mitochondrion, and Pediatric Neurology and chair of the scientific and medical advisory board of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Dr. Cohen serves as a consultant for Minovia Therapeutics; Modis Therapeutics (zogeniz); NeuroVive Pharmaceutical AB; Reneo.Pharmaceuticals, Inc; and the US Department of Health and Human Services and a CPT consultant for the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Cohen receives research/grant support from BioElectron Technologies (PTC Therapeutics), the National Institutes of Health, and Stealth BioTherapeutics Inc and publishing royalties from Elsevier and has received personal compensation for speaking engagements from the American Academy of Neurology and Stealth BioTherapeutics.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 125 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


1.     American Medical Association.  Current procedural terminology (CPT) 2020.  Chicago, IL:  American Medical Association, 2019
2.    American Academy of Neurology.  Telemedicine and COVID-19 implementation guide.   aan/com.siteassists/home-page/tools-and-resources/practicing-neurologistadminstrators/telemedicine-and-remote-care/20-telemedicine-and-COVID19-v103.pdf.  Assessed March 25, 2020.