First, if a different physican in the same group (under same tax ID#) other than the surgeon sees a patient within a global period for a different problem you need to modify the service to indicate the difference to the insurance company. If the other physician is seeing the patient as a follow up for the surgery you will not be paid because it is within the global period even though a different physician is performing the follow up care.
If there are 2 specialist that operate under the same tax ID number they can only bill for a new patient level once even though there are two different doctors at two different locations. They are considered part of the same group and they are the same specialty. The patient is considered "new" only between specialties, not between two of the same specialty in the same group. You refered to different practices. Did you mean two different locations, two different doctors, but the same group (tax ID)?
Hope this helps.
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