New vs. Established patients in optometry

jennbrad

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Hello I work in a FQHC clinic that offers Medical, Behavioral Health, & now optometry services. I am fairly new to the coding world and I am wondering when a patient that has been seen in medical is coming in for the first time in optometry are they considered new or established when billing for optometry services?
 

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They would be considered a new pt for the OD assuming no other OD within the office had seen them in the last 3 years. The OD would be considered a different "specialty" than the other providers in the office, which qualifies for new patient designation for the OD.

Tom Cheezum, O.D., CPC
 

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Thanks a million

Thank you very much to the both of you for the information. Very helpful Thanks again I appreciate it.
 
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