Family Theory Analysis

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Family Theory Assessments and Application of Family Interventions

According to the Family Theory, each part of a system is interrelated, dependent on each other, and affects one another (Codina Leik, 2014). Therefore, if one part of the system is damaged or dysfunctional, such as one member of a family, the rest of the system or family is also affected (Codina Leik, 2014). It is extremely important to incorporate this theory into assessments and family interventions in primary care. Both of my preceptors incorporated this system into their assessments and care. In the fast-paced emergency room, it is often difficult to take the time to obtain substantial medical or family history for patients. However, Ms. Trinidad managed to implement
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Rossow did an excellent job of implementing this theory into practice by obtaining patient histories that included any family problems or current complications. For example, a patient with a chief complaint of intermittent heart palpitations came into the McAllen PCI clinic, with no other symptoms or signs of distress. Rather than immediately drawing labs or ordering an EKG, Ms. Rossow took the time to talk to this patient, and within this time, the patient also revealed her husband was a former drug addict with a recent relapse and has a parent with late stage cancer. By incorporating Family Theory into her assessments, Ms. Rossow was able to identify the source of this patient’s chief complaint and create a plan to intervene …show more content…
The CPT or Current Procedural Terminology reference book includes a set of codes, descriptions, and guidelines determined by the American Medical Association, used to describe procedures performed by health care providers for billing purposes (Smiley, 2015). The tenth edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) reference book provides a system of codes that classifies every disease and health finding identified by the provider, providing more than 68,000 different diagnosis codes (Smiley, 2015). The Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS), is a two-level coding system that identifies health care procedures, equipment, supplies, and to identify various items or services not included in the CPT medical code set (Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2013). For example, if a patient come to the clinic only to receive a vaccine administered by a nurse, the vaccine administration would be the only reportable service (Smiley, 2015). For procedures such as vaccinations, an HCPCS code must be utilized for billing while an evaluation and management code would not be necessary (Smiley,

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