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    If a doctor states on the PFSH of an ER visit - Past History: none, Past Surgical History: none, Medications: none, Family History: non-contributory, and Social History: married & where he lives. He is a Spanich speaking individual w/interpreter. Can we count this as a complete FFSH. This visit was a MVA w/complete ROS and high MDM.

    Does non-contributory count. I have seen already where some say that it does not. I would like a definite answer. Please Advise. Thanks

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    My carrier does not allow it so "Family History: non-contributory" would not suffice for documentation/scoring purposes.


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    Milwaukee WI

    Default ER doc has a point

    I agree with Rebecca (and many others) ... the rules are that "non contributory" does not count.

    But I understand the ER doctor's point ... how can a family history (diabetes, stroke, HTN, cancer) be relevant to a trauma? I've trained my trauma surgeons to always ask about family history of bleeding disorders or reaction to anesthesia. Those kinds of family issues WOULD be relevant to treating a trauma case.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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