General Question for the Week of December 28, 2015

General Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

What is the definition of “new patient” for billing evaluation and management (E/M) services?

Answer:

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the phrase “new patient” is one who has not received any professional services (i.e., E&M service or other face-to-face service, such as a surgical procedure) from the physician or physician group practice (same physician specialty) within the previous three years. 

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