Past, Family, and/or Social History (PFSH)

 

The PFSH consists of a review of three areas:

         past history (the patient's past experiences with illnesses, operations, injuries and treatments);

         family history (a review of medical events in the patient's family, including diseases which may be hereditary or place the patient at risk); and

         social history (an age appropriate review of past and current activities). This criterion could be met by a thorough occupational history, which is often necessary for documentation of causality and return to work restrictions. 

         For the categories of subsequent hospital care, follow-up inpatient consultations and subsequent nursing facility care, CPT requires only an "interval" history. It is not necessary to record information about the PFSH.

A pertinent PFSH is a review of the history area(s) directly related to the problem(s) identified in the HPI.

***At least one specific item from any of the three history areas must be documented for a pertinent PFSH.

A complete PFSH is of a review of two or all three of the PFSH history areas, depending on the category of the E/M service. A review of all three history areas is required for services that by their nature include a comprehensive assessment or reassessment of the patient. A review of two of the three history areas is sufficient for other services.

***At least one specific item from two of the three history areas must be documented for a complete PFSH for the following categories of E/M services: office or other outpatient services, established patient; emergency department; subsequent nursing facility care; domiciliary care, established patient; and home care, established patient.

***At least one specific item from each of the three history areas must be documented for a complete PFSH for the following categories of E/M services: office or other outpatient services, new patient; hospital observation services; hospital inpatient services, initial care; consultations; comprehensive nursing facility assessments; domiciliary care, new patient; and home care, new patient.