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    We are having a discussion about whether we should diagnose with chief complaint as the primary diagnosis or the diagnosis given by the physician after he treats the patient. What is correct?

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    Greater Orlando


    Inpatient or outpatient setting?
    Ron McKenzie, CPC-A
    Greater Orlando FL Chapter

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    Manhattan, NY


    In general, in an outpatient setting, the chief complaint is the patient's statement of what her/his problem is.... Usually centers around symptoms. The physician looks over the patient to determine what the illness is.... The diagnosis is based upon what the physician finds.

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