It should be viewed as a consult unless the criteria for a consult is not met.Im a little confused. Why would that be coded as a consult? If you are taking over care of a patient, i would code that as a new pt. Maybe i am forgetting something but i'm thinking that a consult is when you give advice or an opinion to a requesting provider who will still manage the problem....if you take over care, you are taking that patient as your own...... ????