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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 040942 v1
Data Element
Data Element Concept
A single course of treatment involves an initial attendance by a specialist or consultant physician and the continuing management/treatment up to the stage where the patient is either referred back to the care of the referring practitioner; does not return for treatment with the same specialist or consultant physician; or the patient has deceased.
Specialist or consultant attendances at hospital or community health services.
Non-admitted patient care (specialist outpatient service) - single course of treatment
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Collection and Usage Attributes
It also includes any subsequent review of the patient's condition by the specialist or the consultant physician that may be necessary.

Such a review may be initiated by either the referring practitioner or the specialist/consultant physician.

The presentation of an unrelated illness, requiring the referral of the patient to the specialist's or the consultant physician's care would initiate a new course of treatment in which case a new referral would be required.
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ViewRelationshipMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifier & VersionApproval Status
Relates toData ElementData Element ConceptNon-admitted patient care-specialist outpatient service-referralQH 040927 Version 1Superseded
Relates toData ElementData Element ConceptOccasion of serviceQH 040607 Version 1Retired
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Source and Reference Attributes
Medicare Benefits Schedule