Wiki Screening Colonoscopy vs dignostic


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Patient is referred to the GI office for a screening colonoscopy. But he/she also send the PCP's office records stating the patient has constipation, extreme weigh lost and abdominal pain. Is the GI Obligated to treat the GI symptoms? Or just do what is requested? Thank you. Margie
This is really more of a question about standards of medical practice - it's not something that is within the scope of a coder's training to know. My understanding is that physicians are expected to consider any relevant patient history in their decision making and formulation of a treatment plan for a patient, but what is relevant, and when and whether they are obligated to treat something, are questions that are probably better directed to a medical professional.