You are correct that the distinction is divided by recognized specialties, so the patient who was seen by OB/GYN in February, would still be a established patient ONLY to that specialty. If that same patient came in with a broken ankle in June, she would be a NEW patient to ORTHO (assuming she hadn't seen an Ortho doc in that practice during the past three years).
I understand the hospital staff saying it is easier to just use the larger tax ID umbrella, but they are leaving money on the table by doing so.
Hope that helps.
F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
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