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”.
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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