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.
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.
A test or action done for or to a patient that can be coded with the CPT coding process.
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.
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.
Each encounter with a provider during a patient’s appointment; can also be a telephone call or a walk-in.
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.
Veterans Information System Technology Architecture
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