This question came up just recently on this board, what our practice does in this case is this.
If the pt's family is requesting a "consult" to discuss the pt, they are made aware up front that they will be charged, not any insurance company. We book it just like a regular appt but for 30 minutes in the doctors schedule and we bill a flat fee and fee is due at the time of the service.
Once the appointment is made, we send out a form letter explaining the procedure but also let them know this over the phone at the time the appointment is made.
We haven't had any problems/issues with this from any family members to date.
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