Alot will depend on the scope of practice for the podiatrist. Some states allow podiatrists to only practice from the ankle down, others will allow from the knee down. Whether or not the podiatrist can admit to the hospital depends on whether or not the hospital has granted him/her admitting privledges. And yes, a podiatrist can provide E/M services for both new and established patients. Word of advise, check your local medicare carrier's LCDs for podiatry billing guidelines as well as wound care guidelines. Most of your third-party payers via their websites will have their medical policies available. I know specifically that Aetna, Humana, United Healthcare and I believe Cigna have policies pertaining to documentation requirements for wound care/HBO therapy. Hope this helps
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