I would be leary of coding a consult with the phrase "co-manage care". When I see that I put them down to a subsequent care day. Just because they are called into the inpatient setting doesn't mean they automatically get a consult. You can still just transfer that piece of the patients care to another provider while they are in the hospital.
If they are truly doing a consult that is what they are being called in for, to give an opinion, not to co-manage. That is not to say they won't start co-managing but that is not the intent of the requesting provider.
As far as absolutes on what has to be said, I have yet to see that. If someone has it I hope they post it, because believe me I have looked for it. I follow Medicare guidelines, unless a commerical carrier has their own that is different, and in the case of consults they tell you what has to be there but they don't tell you exactly what to say/document to achieve this.
Just my opinion,
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