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Glossary

Outpatient Visit

The visit of an outpatient to one or more units or facilities located in or directed by the provider maintaining the outpatient health care services (clinic, physician’s office, hospital/medical center) within one calendar day. Outpatient encounters include scheduled appointments and walk-in unscheduled visits. A clinician’s telephone communications with a patient may be represented by a separate visit entry.

Person Class

An enhancement to the New Person file, XU*8*27 NEW PERSON File Patch (8/5/96), which enables all VAMC providers to be assigned a Profession/ Occupation code (Person Class) so that a Person Class can be associated with each ambulatory patient encounter by October 1, 1996.

Procedure (CPT)

A test or action done for or to a patient that can be coded with the CPT coding process.

Provider

A person who furnishes health care to a consumer; such as a professionally licensed practitioner who is authorized to operate a health care delivery facility. This definition includes an individual or defined group of individuals who provides a defined unit of health care services (defined = codable) to one or more individuals at a single session.

Stop Code

A three-digit number corresponding to an additional stop/service a patient received in conjunction with a clinic visit. Stop code entries are used so that medical facilities may receive credit for the services rendered during a patient visit.

Visit

Each encounter with a provider during a patient’s appointment; can also be a telephone call or a walk-in.

Visit Tracking

A VISTA package which links patient-related information in a file structure that allows meaningful reporting and historically accurate categorization of patient events and episodes of care.

VISTA

Veterans Information System Technology Architecture

August 1996PCE V. 1.0 User Manual139

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