New Problem vs Est. Problem

scronkhite

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I know the rules that clarify a new patient vs a established patient but, if you have a new patient that carries a diagnosis of HTN or DM and the physician is seeing them for the first time as a new patient are the established problems that the patient has previously been diagnosed with considerd new problems to the new physian that they are now seeing?
 

dballard2004

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Yes. That portion of the MDM is provider driven, not patient driven. These are new problems to the examining provider, so you would either assign 3 points or 4 points depending if any additional workup was done.
 
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