My first instinct is "no" ... or not necessarily. If the patient is just being sent home w/ Rx for whatever the problem is, then I definitely would NOT count this as a new problem w/ add'l workup.
But if the patient is going to be referred to a specialist for follow-up, or is going to be admitted, then I might reconsider ... but NOT because of the labs / Xray, but because the referral to another physician would be the additional work-up.
I'm open to hearing other points of view.
F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
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