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New problem or est. prob

  1. Default New problem or est. prob
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    Pt was seen over 3 yrs ago for psoriasis, we have not seen himm since then. He wants to start treatment again, "new patient, new problem" or "new patient, established problem"?



  2. Smile New patient
    I would say new patient, established problem

  3. #3
    I say new patient new problem.

    Since the patient meets the requirements to be considered new again, so do all his issues.

    Just my take on it,

    Laura, CPC

  4. #4
    Duluth, Minnesota
    I agree with Laura, "new pt/new problem"
    Donna, CPC, CPC-H

  5. #5
    St.Petersburg, Fl
    It is definitely new patient/new's the 3 year rule. Even if the patient has been there in the past for the same problem, but he hasn't been there in 3 years he is treated as a new patient.
    Alecia Peck CPC

  6. #6
    Overland Park, KS
    I agree! The three year rule applies.
    Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-P, CRHC, AAPC Fellow

  7. Default
    Thanks everyone for your responses! Happy New Year!


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