April 21, 2022
I did an inpatient consultation and coded 99253 (non-Medicare). I did not need to follow the patient so I signed off. They asked me to re-consult a week later. What is the code for a re-consult?
There are no specific E/M codes for an inpatient re-consultation. You’ll use the subsequent hospital care code, 9923x, since it’s the same admission for the patient.
Follow up question: the patient was discharged then admitted a month later and I was consulted again. Is this a subsequent hospital care code?
No, since it’s a new admission for the patient, you’ll use the consultation code again (9925x).
Last question: when I see the patient in my office a month later, is it a new patient?
No, it’s an established patient (9921x) because you’ve had a face-to-face visit with the patient in the previous 3 years.
*This response is based on the best information available as of 04/21/22.