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Consult Codes -- AGAIN

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    Question Consult Codes -- AGAIN
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    I have a question regarding consults:

    Lets say a patient comes in January 1, 2010 because of a broken bone, patient is admitted by Dr. Smith. On January 4, Dr. Smith sees the patient again and calls the cardiology to consult because the patient has Afib -- what do you bill for the cardiologist? Would Dr. Smith billing include the AI modifier?

    Also: Would modifier AI be added to all of the subsequent visits done by the admitting physician?
    Karen, CPC
    Physician Chart Auditor

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    It is my understanding that the AI would only be used on the initial admission. Subsequent visits would not need it.
    Walker Bachman, CPC, CPPM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walker22 View Post
    It is my understanding that the AI would only be used on the initial admission. Subsequent visits would not need it.
    Thank you Walker.

    I was just told today that the "AI" should be attached for if the "consulting physician" is doing a follow-up.
    Karen, CPC
    Physician Chart Auditor

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini18 View Post
    Thank you Walker.

    I was just told today that the "AI" should be attached for if the "consulting physician" is doing a follow-up.
    I must disagree. The AI is for the admitting physician to use, not the consulting physician.
    Walker Bachman, CPC, CPPM

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