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Risk
 

 
Risk is determined by referring to the table of risk which describes four levels of medical jeopardy : 
       
When referring to the table, the level of risk is determined by examining three separate dimensions of the encounter:

E/M University Coding Tip: The E/M guidelines explicitly state that the highest level of risk present in any one of the above categories determines the overall risk of the encounter.  Physicians often underestimate the level of risk as defined by the E/M guidelines.
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