Does Your Documentation Meet the M.E.A.T Criteria?

By Leigh Poland RHIA, CCS


ICD-10-CM Coding Guidelines state that we code all documented conditions that coexist at the time of the encounter and require or affect patient care treatment or management. Physicians must precisely document each patient diagnosis and the diagnosis must be based on clinical medical record documentation from a face-to-face encounter. This means that diagnoses cannot be completely determined from test results and a patient’s past medical history. Most organizations use the “M.E.A.T.” criteria: Monitoring, Evaluation, Assessment, Treatment for their documentation practices, as well as HCC assignments and ICD-10-CM diagnosis coding. Please join us for the webinar as we walk through the M.E.A.T criteria and learn how to apply the criteria in your code assignment.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand the M.E.A.T. criteria and how to apply it.
  • Learn the importance of accurate documentation and the risk of non-compliance.
  • Discover the alternative “TAMPER” criteria a coder can use to determine if a diagnosis is current.
  • Hear tips for documenting encounters to ensure the MEAT criteria is met.
Leigh Poland

Leigh Poland RHIA, CCS