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    Default cardiovascular/interventionalist

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    In one of the articles from the April Coder's Edge, it stated that in the orthopaedists office there was a hand surgeon and patient's could be referred to within the group because the hand surgeon was a different specialty. I manage a cardiology practice where we have one interventionalist. The taxonomy code for that specialty is different from cardiovascular diseases. Do we have the same scenario here where we can bill for a consult or two services on the same date if one of our cardiologists has to hand off care to the interventionalist?
    Thank you for your prompt attention to this inquiry.

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    Milwaukee WI

    Default Hand off care is NOT a consult

    If one specialist is "handing off care" of a patient to a different specialist then you do NOT have a consultation - this is a transfer of care.

    If one specialist requests the opinion or advice of a different specialist on how to manage the patient's condition (i.e. specialist # 2 will send patient back to specialist # 1 for care w/ Specialist # 2 recommendations), then you might have a consultation.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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