If a patient is seen in the hospital previously, say 6 months ago and we are called in to consult, is that considered an existing patient?

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If a patient is seen in the hospital previously, say 6 months ago and we are called in to consult, is that considered an existing patient?

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No, because it is a different hospital stay, so you are able to bill the initial admission codes. If you continue to see a patient during a specific hospital stay, then you would bill the subsequent hospital codes.

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