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    I billed 2 weeks ago for a pat. with a problem on the ear (380.16). then he comes back with a totally diff. problem. Can I bill as 99243/99244 since is not considered a f/u based on the first visit?

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    First off, your title to this is: New Patient.

    99243, 99244 are consultations. Is there a request from another physician asking for an opinion or advice on this new problem? If not, this is NOT a consult. Remember there are 3 R's to consults. If those 3 R's are not documented, you should not bill a consult. This sounds like an established patient visit.
    Evangelina Frohna, CPC, CEMC

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