When I audit a chart and under Neck they mention Lymphadenopathy I use that towards the lymph system - also if they mention anything about the Thyroid too. Just because it is listed under a "body area" does not mean that it can't be applied to an organ system. Both body areas and organ systems can be inter-mixed for bullets - you just can't add them together to come up with your level. For example - Chest - if they mention examination of breasts - that is also Integumentary. Abdomen - if they mention organmegaly, or bowel sounds, that is GI....etc. Now if they don't document something under those headings that can apply to an organ system, then I don't give them credit for that - i.e under Neck they only mention no JVD or under Chest they simply say symmetrical, then there is only credit under Body areas, not organ systems. I never base the exam on the "label" the doctor uses as to whether it is a body area or system - only on what it is exactly that they have documented.
Hope this helps in your poll!!
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