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Question: What are the required documents that need to legally be sent back to a patient’s doctor after their first visit?

Answer:

Podiatrists who participate in a patient care plan must comply with the reporting requirements set out by Medicare. These include a report back to the referring GP after the initial consultation detailing their assessment and treatment plan followed by a final report at the conclusion of the patient’s allocated service. Copies of the reports must be retained with the patient’s notes. Reports are required regardless if treatment is ongoing through a new care plan. Reports should include investigations, tests and assessments carried out, treatment provided, and recommendations on how to manage the patient’s condition in the future. For further information, click here.

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