New pt or Est pt?

GSCoder07

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A patient came in to see the general surgeon on 12/06/11 and had a unilateral duplex scan of the extremities done (CPT code 93971)....no office visit was billed. The patient came back into his office on 01/03/12. Would she be considered an new patient or established patient? I'm leaning towards her being a new patient since she wasn't actually seen in office, the only thing done on 12/06/11 was the scan.
Any thoughts???
Thanks in advance for your help. :)
 
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jmcpolin

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if there was no face to face time with the physician and the patient during the time of the duplex scan the patient is considered new.
 

jmcpolin

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There is a CPT assistant out there somewhere that states what a new patient consists of, I had the same problem when I worked for a radiology group that also had vascular surgeons under the same tax id, our radiologist would do the duplex scan and then the patient would come in for a consult with the surgeon for endovenous ablation or sclero or whatever.
 
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