Consultation codes please help

Cindyev67

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If one of our doctors sees a patient in the hospital two days prior to being admitted (the was on observation status) would I report codes 99241-99245, office or other outpatient consultations, or codes 99251-99255, inpatient consultations? Our doctor was not the admitting doctor. We just saw this patient while on observation before being admitted.
 

krburke

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Observation=outpatient

Since observation services are considered an outpatient setting, you would use the 99241-99245 series of codes, assuming that all the requirements of a consultation service were also met.
 
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