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Echo before new patient visit

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    PCP's often order an echo on their patients prior to them being seen by our cardiologists. If our cardiologist is the one who read the echo, does that negate the new patient status? I don't think so because no face-to-face encounter occurred. What if it is a stress echo though?
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa Curtis View Post
    PCP's often order an echo on their patients prior to them being seen by our cardiologists. If our cardiologist is the one who read the echo, does that negate the new patient status? I don't think so because no face-to-face encounter occurred. What if it is a stress echo though?
    You are correct. No face to face encounter occured.
    Theresa CCS-P CPMA CCC ICDCT-CM

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    What about the stress echo? Either the MD or NPP would have supervised the stress component...would that be considered "face-to-face"?
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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