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Omnia pro aegroto

April 8, 1998

Mr. Mark Segal
Vice President for Coding and Medical Information
American Medical Association
515 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 59519

Dear Mr. Segal:

I have been told that in a conversation today with Kathryn Serkes, you stated that the new E & M Documentation Guidelines will not constitute regulations and will have no legal force or effect.

Please let me know immediately in writing if my understanding is incorrect, because I intend to disseminate this information to others soon.


Jane M. Orient, M.D.
Executive Director