I code for a group of hospitalists at a teaching hospital and there are times that the patient is admitted (for example) to the hospitalists service on January 1st and is seen by the fellow, housestaff, etc. The hospitalist per se may speak with any of these docs but does not see the patient personally until January 2nd. That is the date that you bill your hospitalists initial visit and yes, if it is Medicare and the patient is on their service, you get to append the AI modifier.
Hope this helps.
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