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    We have an Orthopedics practice where one of our docs is credentialed in Physiatry and one is credentialed in Orthopedics.
    Our physiatrist wants to know if he can bill a "new" patient to him with a new patient code. This patient is established within the practice within the last 3 years as this patient had seen the orthopedist for his ankle.

    His argument is that the problem is new to him and he has a different credential.
    Any thoughts?
    Ann Marie CPC
    New Britain, CT

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    Apr 2007
    North Carolina


    How is the physiatrist credentialed?...PM&R or ortho? If PM&R...this would be a new patient.

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