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    Question Inpatient consult billing outside surgery global

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    I'm a new coder and I am trying to determine whether I can bill an inpatient consult code 99252 for a patient that my Neurosugeon did surgery on 5 months prior. on 6/2 the NS charged a 99242 w/ 331.4 obstructive hydrocephalus and subsequently operated on 6/11 - 62230 w/ 331.4. On 11/11 NS was consulted for patient readmission with dx of new onset of seizures. The attending wanted to r/o shunt malfunction. Can I charge a consult code since this is outside the global, different place of service and new diagnosis? Any help would be greatly appreciated.....thank you.

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    Wink Inpatient consult...

    Absolutely...go for it. Anytime your doc is consulted in-hospital, particularly for a new problem, there is no question. If your doc is consulted today and gives his/her opinion and does not assume treatment of this patient at this time - it is conceivable that the requesting party may even ask for another consult in a day or two (sometimes the condition changes, etc.).

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    Awesome, thank you sooo much for the info!! Happy Holidays to you.

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    Apr 2007


    i agree, you sure can bill it.
    Dawnelle Beall, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I
    Licensed AAPC PMCC Instructor
    AAPC ICD-10CM Certified Trainer

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