We have an interventional cardiologist and I am trying to determine whether they can charge a new patient visit after the patient has a stress echo done before seeing the physician. The patient is being referred to her, she has them do a stress test, she is present during the stress and reads the stress, she has them come to the office for the follow-up. Can she then charge a new patient visit? My gut tells me no, but I am unsure, but was told by the office staff that she has always done this. Any place you can refer me to would be helpful.