If your pathologist is the first pathologist rendering a diagnosis on the specimen and basing it on any stains, etc. that were done, he or she is not consulting. It's the professional component of whatever was performed. If no one has rendered a diagnosis or interpretation yet, the professional components of the procedure codes are the most accurate description.
Just like with E/M codes, a pathology consult code is a second opinion, either to confirm or amplify what the original, referring provider concluded or wasn't sure about. If there's no referring provider after an initial pathologic diagnosis, there's no consult. Filling in isn't consulting, it's providing the medically necessary professional component that justifies the technical charges. There's really no reason to have one without the other.
I hope this logic makes sense.
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