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    Default Consult 12 hours after discharge?

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    My physician wants to know if he can bill a "consult" if a patient was discharged from the hosptial then admitted again 12 hours later? I need some documentation to show if he can or can't do this and why. Thanks!!!!!!

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    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default Is he being asked for a new opinion?

    Who admitted / discharged the patient the first time? Who is re-admitting the patient this time?

    Is the physician being asked for his opinion/advice on how to treat the patient's condition?

    Too many questions to answer you with any certainty.

    Hope this helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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