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If a family doctor refers a patient to another family practice doctor "in the same group" for a consult on a vasectomy which the second doctor will be doing. Can he charge a "new patient" charge for the visit since the "vasectomy" is in a different specialty. Thanks
 
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Both "family practice"?

If I read your post correctly ... both physicians are "family practice," so they are in the same specialty and in the same practice. NO, this is not a new patient, it would be an existing patient.

HOWEVER ... please note if Dr A is sending patient to Dr B to have a vasectomy (i.e. Dr A is not asking Dr B for his opinion on whether the patient needs a vasectomy or is ready for a vasectomy ... he's sending the patient to Dr B so that Dr B will perform the vasectomy) ... then the evaluation MAY be bundled into the procedure.

Hope that helps.

F Tessa Bartels CPC, CEMC
 
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