Documenting "New Patient"

SBrown

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I realize it would be 'best practice' to document new patient in the encounter notes, however does anyone have a source where it is written it is mandatory to document 'new patient?'

Thanks - Schawn
 

Karolina

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I am not aware of any requirement to actually write the words "new patient" in your documentation. The fact remains that the patient has to meet the requirements for a new patient in order to bill one of the new patient codes.
 
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