Second opinion requested by patient

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When a physician does a consultation on an inpatient who is requesting a second opinion (not ordered by physician), should I use an outpatient consultation code or an inpatient subsequent care code?
 
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Not a consultation UNLESS requested by a physician

You cannot use a consultation code UNLESS the evaluation was requested by a physician (or other qualified healthcare provider).

So you will use whichever E/M most accurately reflects the location and type of service (inpatient vs ED vs outpatient observation status).

Hope that helps.

F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
 
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