Certified Evaluation & Management Auditor of Orthopaedics Credential (CEMA-O)

NAMAS has partnered with the American Association of OrthopaedicExecutives (AAOE) to offer the Certified Evaluation & Management Auditor of Orthopaedics training and credential. This is the only E&M certification specific to orthopaeics.

The Training

During our live 12-hour training, NAMAS instructors will discuss elements such as documentation guidelines, history of the encounter, medical necessity, medical decision making, audit policy parameters, and more. We’ll even discuss the gray areas of E&M auditing that may not always be clear.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned by going through sample encounters and auditing them.

Regardless of if you elect to take the exam, each bootcamp attendee will receive a comprehensive curriculum manual that you may use as a helpful resource after the bootcamp is completed, 12 AAPC CEUs which you may use toward your current coding or auditing credential(s), and a 1 year NAMAS membership. Through your NAMAS membership, you will be provided access to monthly webinars to earn additional CEUs, a subscription to BCAdvantage magazine, access to our members only area where you can listen to previous NAMAS webinars, a weekly emailed auditing & compliance tip so you can stay on top of the industry’s leading news and events, and much, much more

The Exam

The exam is a timed, 130 question test that must be completed during the 4 hour time limit. The exam includes 10 E&M- based patient encounters that must be audited by the examiner. Each encounter has 13 corresponding multiple choice questions regarding the audited findings. A passing score of 70% is required to earn the Certified Evaluation & Management Auditor of Orthopaedics (CEMA-O) credential.

During the exam, testers may use the following resources:

  • NAMAS Auditing Manuals (either edition)
  • CPT Book
  • One Audit Tool
  • 1995/1997/CMS Guidelines

The following is required to be able to sit for the CEMA-O exam:

  • Must be a current NAMAS Member
  • 2 Years of E&M coding/auditing experience
  • Attest to reading 1995/1997 Documentation Guidelines within the past 90 days
  • Current coding certification is strongly encouraged

* Certain qualification are waived for attendees of the CEMA-O BootCamp

Maintaining Your New Credential

To maintain your new credential, students will be required to re-test every year. Re-certification exams are available online through a third party proctoring service.

Registrations for this orthopaedic specific education will be made through the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives using the following link: