It's sufficient - but not optimal.
The chief complaint, technically, is what the PATIENT would say he is there for. "Follow-up" would about cover that.
However, in an ideal world, the physician would use this to give the coder/auditor some clue as to the reason for the visit. "follow-up for DM2" or "Post-op follow-up" are two VERY different reasons for a follow-up appointment.
Hope that helps.
F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
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