November 30, 2017
I was consulted to see a Medicare patient in the emergency room (ER) by the Emergency Department physician. When I arrived, the patient was still in the ER but had been admitted to the hospitalist and was waiting for a bed.
Since the patient is Medicare and has been formally admitted you would report CPT codes 99221-99223 for this consultation service, even though the patient is physically in the ED. Keep in mind Medicare does not pay for inpatient or outpatient consultations.
*This response is based on the best information available as of 11/30/17.