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


Leigh has over 20 years of coding experience and has worked in the coding and education realm over the last 20 years. Her true passion is coding education making sure coders are equipped to do their job accurately and with excellence. Academically, Leigh has graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Science. Leigh has had the opportunity to present many times in the past at the AHIMA, ACDIS, and AAPC National Conventions. She has been a guest speaker on AHIMA webinars and has written several articles that were published in the AHIMA Journal. Leigh has traveled the US and internationally providing coding education.

Gretchen Manica

Gretchen Manica


Gretchen is on a mission to help Hospitals & Health Systems reduce Revenue Cycle Management and Operations Cost. She is a seasoned Regional Sales Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry.

Duration: 60 Minutes
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Webinar – Does Your Documentation Meet the M.E.A.T Criteria?