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New pt charge?

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    Default New pt charge?
    Medical Coding Books
    If a new patient has an appt scheduled for a doctor, (eg: 10/15/11), and in the mean time see's another doctor in the practice for a cold(eg:10/2/11). Can the original doctor from 10/15, charge a "new" patient code as long as the "cold" doctor didn't charge a new patient charge. Being that when they come in for their "new pt appt with the original doctor he will be doing H&P on the patient. Sorry if confusing, Thanks

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    Coastal Coders
    The original visit on 10/2 should have been coded as a "new patient" and once the patient has seen anyone in the practice they are no longer a new patient and should not be billed as such.

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