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INSURANCE BILLING FOR THE MEDICAL OFFICE CH 4 SHIRLEY QUAN

| | Acute | A medical condition that runs a short but relatively severe course. | Attending physician | A medical staff member who is legally responsible for the care and treatment given to a patient. | Chief complaint (CC) | A patient's statement describing symptoms, problems, or conditions as the reason for seeking health care services from a physician. | Chronic | A medical condition persisting over a long period of time. | Comorbidity | An ongoing condition that exists along with the condition for which the patient is receiving treatment. | Comprehensive | A term used to describe a level of history or physical examination. | Concurrent care | The provision of similar services (e.g., hospital visits) to the same patient by more than one physician on the same day. Usually a separate physical disorder is present. | Consultation | Services rendered by a physician whose opinion or advice is requested by another physician or agency in the evaluation or treatment of a patient's illness or suspected problem. | Consulting physician | A provider whose opinion or advice about evaluation or management of a specific problem is requested by another physician. | Continuity of care | When a physician sees a patient who has received treatment for a condition and is referred by the previous doctor for treatment of the same condition. | Counseling | A discussion between the physician and a patient, family, or both concerning the diagnosis, recommended studies or tests, prognosis, risks, and benefits of treatment, treatment options, patient and family education, and so on. | Critical care | In reference to coding professional services, this phrase relates to intensive care provided in a variety of acute life-threatening conditions requiring constant bedside attention by a physician. |…...

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