This is how Highmark Medicare clarifies it:
Question #18 below
18.What constitutes additional workup in the Amount and Complexity of Data grid for Medical Decision Making?
The number of possible diagnosis and/or the number of management options that must be considered is based on the number of types of problems addressed during the encounter, the complexity of establishing a diagnosis, and the management decisions that are made by the physician. For each encounter an assessment clinical impression, or diagnosis should be documented. It may be explicitly stated or implied in documented decisions regarding management plans and/or further evaluation. Additional workup is defined as anything that is being done beyond that encounter at that time. For example, if a physician sees a patient in his office and needs to send that patient on for further testing, that would be additional workup. The physician needs to obtain more information for his medical decision making. For more information, please refer to The Medicare A/B Reference Manual, Chapter 23, "Evaluation and Management".
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