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    Default Problems to exam physicians?

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    If the visit is for non-threatening DX'S (back pain,conjunctivitis,stiff neck,dermatitis) but NEW to the physician can I count for example;
    The patient CC is BACK PAIN = as a SELF-LIMITED which is ONE POINT
    =as a NEW PROBLEM to the examiner which is THREE POINTS

    Thanks a lot and more POWER.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default It depends

    Well, that depends.

    If I have back pain because I raked leaves for the first time this season and haven't been exercising at all, it's probably self-limited (i.e. it will get better by itself with rest).

    On the other hand if I have back pain or a stiff neck because I have a ruptured disc ... that will not go away by itself.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Greater Orlando

    Smile *Etiology Unknown

    Your scenario as it reads to me would count as a new problem to the physician and credited thusly. You can err on the side of caution if you wish, but, you cannot assume from that note that it is self-limiting. 3 points! Thanks for listening. Anita

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    No, Anita, the logic seems to be at err. I am 58yrs old and I am not able to move/bend my right thumb since 2days properly and New to the Physician. So you would give 3points ?

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