I think this is a matter of interpretation also. Here is how I have run in to this which then forms my interpretation.. I work with one physician group, they are organized as a group practice under the same tax ID... different specialties, however when the ortho doc billed as a new pt for a pt estb with family practice, the claim was denied as the patient was establishe to the group practice. A different group I work with all orthos in the same building all have their own individual tax ID but they all practice in the same building under the same business name, when Dr. B sees a pt having already been seen by Dr A, the claim for new patient was denied as the patient was already estb with the "practice". So when I see same group practice (same physician specialty) I take it that they are covering both types of scenarios. Your interpretation is that the parenthetical reference is a clarification for group practice. And now we are all confused!
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