A new 68-year-old female patient is referred for osteoporosis treatment. The rheumatologist does a comprehensive history and examination and makes medical decisions of moderate complexity. After deciding on a treatment course, the rheumatologist concludes that a DXA scan is needed. The patient had a bone-mass measurement procedure the previous year, ordered by her primary care physician, but the rheumatologist is unaware of this because he hasn’t received all of her records. He sends the patient to the imaging room for the procedure and schedules her for a follow-up visit.
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