A consultation takes place when a provider requests another provider see their patient for a specific problem then give their opinion or advice on how the requesting provider should treat the problem.
The situation you are describing is a transfer of care, which is coded as a new or established patient code depending on the patients status with the provider.
I'm not sure what procedure you are dealing with but it sounds similar to the way they handle bariatric surgeries. The PCP doesn't do those, if they send a patient to a seminar and then a surgeon that does it is with the intent the surgeon deal with the problem, not tell the PCP how to deal with it. Even if the surgeon decides the patient should not have surgery and sends them back to the PCP, the intent is what drives a consult not the outcome. If you don't have the intent you can't ask for it and you can't bill a consult.
Hope this helps,
Laura, CPC, CEMC
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