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    Default Teaching physicians/residents

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    If a resident sees a patient in the ER-performs a visit and then a reduction of a fracture, then calls the teaching physician (at home) to review post reduction films....I know that the teaching physician may not bill for the visit or the procedure. However-when the patient presents to the office for follow up to see the teaching physician....would the teaching doc bill for a new or an established visit?
    I personally think this would be established since the resident is a member of the Ortho dept--but playing devils advocate to myself...the resident is not recognized by the insurance company and no charges have been officially billed..thus indicating a new patient visit.

    Any information, thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

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    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

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    We had this exact same scenario and our Compliance office stated that we should code the first billable service with the new patient code. (The resident may be a part of your Ortho team, but the resident is not being paid by your practice.)

    If it is a commercial payor ... you may be able to bill for the fracture care provided by the resident under the supervision of a teaching physician. Our commercial carriers do not require physical presence of the TP - supervision can be by any means of modern communication including fax and phone for the commercial payors.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    Apr 2007


    That is wonderful information--I am just learning all of the rules for teaching physicians...Thank you for your time!! Lanie

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