Scenario: ER doctor calls Dr. X and Dr. X says to admit the patient over the phone. Later that day or the following day, Dr. M performs the actual initial hospital H&P, not Dr. X. How do you bill for Dr. M's services? CPT directs that "for initial inpatient encounters by physicians other than the admitting physician, see initial inpatient consultation codes or subsequent hospital care codes as appropriate". Dr. M did not see the patient at Dr. X's request so you cannot bill a consultation.