An Out-Patient Attendance Consultant is an attendance at which a PATIENT is seen by or has contact with (face to face or via telephone/Telemedicine) a CONSULTANT, in respect of one referral, that is not a visit to the home of a PATIENT for which a fee is payable under paragraph 140 of the Terms and Conditions of Service.
If a PATIENT is seen by a CONSULTANT at a Consultant Clinic then this will be a Clinic Attendance Consultant. An attendance may involve more than one PERSON (e.g. a family). The number of attendances to be recorded should be the number of PATIENTS for whom the particular CONSULTANT has identifiable individual records and which will be maintained as a result of the attendance.
A visit to the home of a PATIENT made at the instance of a hospital or specialist to review the urgency of a proposed admission to hospital, or to continue to supervise treatment initiated or prescribed at a hospital or clinic is covered by this definition.
Out-Patient Attendance Consultant also includes a PATIENT being seen by a CONSULTANT from a different MAIN SPECIALTY CODE during a Consultant Episode (Hospital Provider) in circumstances where there is no transfer of responsibility for the care of the PATIENT.
A series of Out-Patient Attendance Consultant will form a Consultant Out-Patient Episode, generated from a single referral. Note that it is possible to have two Consultant Out-Patient Episodes with the same CONSULTANT for different clinical conditions, if two referrals are made. An attendance may involve more than one PERSON - for example, a family. Out-Patient Attendance Consultant can take place outside a clinic session, and can take place at the PATIENT's normal place of residence.
An Out-Patient Attendance Consultant should also be recorded where a PATIENT is seen by a CONSULTANT from a different MAIN SPECIALTY CODE during a Consultant Episode (Hospital Provider) where there is no transfer of responsibility for the care of the PATIENT. For example, a PATIENT who is admitted to hospital under a Gastroenterology specialty following an overdose may be seen while still in hospital by a psychiatrist who has been asked to assess their mental condition. The assessment by the psychiatrist should be recorded as an Out-Patient Attendance Consultant.
This supporting information is also known by these names:
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