AMA CPT® Assistant - 1998 Issue 8 (August)

Evaluation and Management, On Call Covering (Q&A) (August 1998)

August 1998 page 10a Coding Consultation Evaluation and Management, On Call Covering (Q&A) Question My physician is covering for another physician of the same specialty in the same group practice. If my physician has never provided professional services to the patient, can we code the visit as a new patient visit? AMA Comment In the instance where a physician is on call for or covering for another physician, the patient's encounter is classified as it would have been by the physician who is not available. Therefore, if the patient is an established patient of the physician who is...

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