At my job, when we enter codes for pre op exams as office visits there is no referring physician involved. If this is the patient's PCP then it would not be a consult. Either an established patient code or a new patient code if the patient has not seen the doctor in 3 years. A desicion for surgery modifier would be used if the surgery is done the next day.
The only time you use a consult code is when there is a referring physician. There must be documentation by the first doctor stating that they need someone else's opinion.
If the patient decided to get a second opinion from another doctor for surgery then it would be a new patient code and not a consult code .
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