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Think You Understand the New Consult Rules? Find Out Fast

Posted on 28. Feb, 2010 by in Hot Coding Topics

Test your 2010 consultation coding understanding with these questions.

Consultation coding has every practice on edge this year. Ensure that you’ve got a handle on this complicated coding and billing situation by trying your hand at this question.

Question: When a visit with a Medicare inpatient that would normally have been coded as a consultation does not meet the requirements of an initial inpatient hospital care code, what should you report?

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Answer: Check With Your MAC for Guidance

When your physician sees a Medicare inpatient and would have used an inpatient consultation code, this year you should report an initial hospital care code (99221- 99223). If the E/M service and documentation do not meet the requirements of an initial inpatient hospital care code, however, your coding will now depend on your Medicare Administrative Contractor’s (MAC) or carrier’s policy.

Problem: The lowest initial hospital...

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