It is the intent of the requesting physician that determines whether you have a consult or a transfer of care. So, yes, it is definitely a good idea to fax a form to the PCP asking them specifically what it is they want. Is this a consultation regarding a problem? Or do they know what needs to be done but they don't "do that" so they're sending the patient to you for that treatment/procedure?
The "request for consultation" should be documented in both the requesting physician's patient chart and the consulting physician's patient chart. Having the PCP complete a form is one way to ensure this.
Hope that helps.
F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
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