June 23, 2016
What is an appropriate “source” for a consult? I asked at a recent workshop and the instructors did not have an answer.
The guidelines for a consultation (inpatient or outpatient) must be requested by a physician, or qualified non-physician practitioner. Guidelines are not clear regarding individuals who may be considered an appropriate source, but some likely examples include a physician assistant, nurse practitioner, doctor of chiropractic, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech language therapist, psychologist, social worker, lawyer, or insurance company.
Do not report a consultation requested by a patient or family member, etc., using a consultation code.
*This response is based on the best information available as of 06/23/16.