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Consultations - new to IR coding

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    I am new to IR coding and I have a question regarding billing for consultations. Is it common for the IR docs to bill consultations or even office visits with every patient that they see? It seems that a patient will be scheduled for a test and a few days before the test the md will see the patient and bill a consult or office visit, is this a common practice for this type of service?

    Dawn Smith, CPC

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    We're often asked to consult and we have an out patient clinic where we do non emergent consults as well as patient visits. But you have to have a request for a consult. If a test is already scheduled, it doesn't sound like a consult is needed. This may be just someone taking history and physical which is always done before a procedure but isn't a separate E&M code.

    Diane Huston, CPC,RCC

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