Question Encounter diagnosis-field

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Can anyone shed light on what an 'encounter diagnosis-field of the medical record' is? This statement is used in the book Risk Adjustment Documentation & Coding 2nd edition by Sheri Poe Bernard, pg 65. From my understanding it's not the assessment/plan area, but what area is it?

Direct quote from book,
"...Others are using it more strategically (MEAT) to assist coders in decision-making related to diagnosis abstraction for those diagnoses that may be in the past medical history or problem lists, but were not already documented by the physician in the assessment portion of the progress note or other acceptable areas, such as the encounter diagnosis-field of the medical record."
 
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