AMA CPT® Assistant - 1998 Issue 12 (December)

Evaluation and Management, New vs. Established Patient (Q&A) (December 1998)

December 1998 page 9 Coding Consultation Evaluation and Management, New vs. Established Patient (Q&A) Question Would it be appropriate to bill a patient as "New" if a physician changes practices and sees a patient that he/she had previously seen within the past three years while working for another medical group? The physician would not have access to the old medical records unless he/she requested them form the previous medical group. AMA Comment The determining factor in assigning and evaluation and management code for New vs. Established patient is whether the patient received professional services from the physician within...

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