New vs Established Patient

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Question:

One of my vascular surgeon partners does only endovascular procedures. If I see a patient for a possible by fem-pop bypass, 2 years after he did a carotid stent, is this a new patient visit?

Answer:

No, this is an established visit. Since you are both vascular surgeons, any patient seen by the same specialty in the same practice within a 3 year time period are considered established.

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