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New pt or Est pt?

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    A patient came in to see the general surgeon on 12/06/11 and had a unilateral duplex scan of the extremities done (CPT code 93971)....no office visit was billed. The patient came back into his office on 01/03/12. Would she be considered an new patient or established patient? I'm leaning towards her being a new patient since she wasn't actually seen in office, the only thing done on 12/06/11 was the scan.
    Any thoughts???
    Thanks in advance for your help.
    Last edited by GSCoder07; 02-09-2012 at 09:03 AM.

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    if there was no face to face time with the physician and the patient during the time of the duplex scan the patient is considered new.
    Jenifer McPolin CPC, CPMA, RCC

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    That's what I thought too but I wasn't quite sure. Thanks Jenifer.

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    There is a CPT assistant out there somewhere that states what a new patient consists of, I had the same problem when I worked for a radiology group that also had vascular surgeons under the same tax id, our radiologist would do the duplex scan and then the patient would come in for a consult with the surgeon for endovenous ablation or sclero or whatever.
    Jenifer McPolin CPC, CPMA, RCC

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    August 2009, Volume 19 Issue 8
    Jenifer McPolin CPC, CPMA, RCC

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