I would like to verify what is considered a New Problem -Diagnosis management Options under the Medical Decision Making component of an E/M service; is the new problem new to the patient or new to the observer.
re: Status of New Problem for E/M service
"Follow-up visits may or may not include new problems to the examining physician. An established patient can have a new problem with or without additional work-up planned."
A new problem is a problem that is new to the examiner and that he is evaluating and treating.
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