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Insurance reports: what you should know about eGPR

Do patients who have been exception reported for 2004/5 remain exception reported for 2005/6 or do we have to go through the same procedure of sending three letters before we 're-exception report'?

Most exception codes must be rechecked and recorded annually. The exceptions are drug allergies and adverse reactions and contraindications (eg, aspirin in CHD patients) where the coding is lifelong. 'Never smoked' is also a lifelong record, but must be recorded subsequent to the relevant diagnosis to qualify for the smoking records indicator. Lifelong coding does not need to be added every year.

Dr Christine Dewbury, Wessex LMCs

Neither Pulse nor Wessex LMCs can accept any legal liability in respect of the answers given. Readers should seek independent advice before acting on the information concerned.

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