Q:What are the documentation requirements associated with
inpatient consultations (99251-99255) and outpatient consultations
A: The verbal or written request for the consultation must be
documented in the patient's medical record. The consultant's opinion and any
services that are performed must also be documented in the patient's medical
record and communicated to the requesting health care provider. A"
consultation" initiated by a patient and/or family member, and
not requested by a physician, is not reported using the initial consultation
codes but may be reported using the codes for confirmatory consultation
(99271-99275) or office visits (99201-99215), as appropriate.
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