Pediatric specialists and pediatricians are, unfortunately, stuck with the audit tools developed for a mature population.
If the bullet point is addressed and the reasonf for deferring the exam is noted, I give credit for it.
In general pediatrics the 1995 guidelines work much better. 1995 guidelines all for a "complete exam of a single organ system" to count as comprehensive ... but they don't define what this means.
I would recommend that your physicians spend some time outlining the expected parameters of a complete pediatric ophthalmalogic exam, add information on how many bullet points are required for complete vs detailed vs EPF and file those guidelines with your compliance plan.
Hope that helps.
F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
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