SuperCoder Posted Fri 30th of March, 2012 14:13:25 PM
A patient was seen by a fellow with the teaching physician and an office visit was rendered and billed under the teaching physcician provider number. The patient left and saw an outside physician. Now after one year the patient return to see the physician(who was the fellow at the time)and an office visit was rendered. Could that visit be charged as a new patient? Your input is appreciated.
SuperCoder Answered Mon 02nd of April, 2012 10:04:11 AM
Yes, the visit would be considered as new patient visit if the fellow doctor doesn't belong to the previous group (with their teaching physician).
If both teaching physician and fellow physician still belong to the same group or specialty and practice together, then the patient would be considered as established.