I worked for an Urgent Care and we would consider it a new problem as we we do not take over the care of the patient. Once the patient is seen for the initial issue, they are refered to their primary doctor for further care. If they return to the Urgent Care for treatment two years later, I would consider this a new "onset" of the pain and would consider it a new problem. This is how we handled it - not sure if this is correct. Any other thoughts on this would be helpful.
Jodi Dibble, CPC
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