The Diagnosis. Russell La Forte, M.D. Area Medical Director Internal Medicine. The Diagnosis. Two Meanings Diagnosis = Patient’s Disease Diagnosis = The artful process by which the patient’s problem is uncovered. The Diagnosis. Neither of these is what “coders” mean by “diagnosis”.
Russell La Forte, M.D.
Area Medical Director
May or may not be the same disease
Irritable Bowel Syndrome – now complains of blood in stool
Symptom not part of the Syndrome of IBS
Further study indicatedNew symptoms
Body or Mind?
All symptoms are in the patient’s mind – the disease may or may not be