In my CPT manual, under the Consultation Visits section, it says "...or other appropriate source (e.g. physician assistant, nurse practitioner, doctor of chiropractic, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, psychologist, social worker, lawyer, or insurance company)...". I agree that a school trainer is not considered an "appropriate source" based on what's available to us in the CPT manual.
The definition of a Consult is the request from one physician to another to get his opinion only so the 1st physician knows what direction to go in for his patient's care. If the Trainer is sending the student/athlete to your Physician for an opinion only...is the Trainer really qualified to take on the care of that patient's injury when that athlete comes back with that opinion? No...this Trainer is sending his athlete to your Physician for care, not for an opinion only.
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