AMA CPT® Assistant - 2001 Issue 8 (August)

Consultations: Answers to Perplexing Questions (August 2001)

August 2001 pages 1-4 Consultations: Answers to Perplexing Questions The art and skill of physician consultation stretch back to antiquity when one healer sought needed advice from another about a patient's condition. Throughout the ensuing history of medicine, this practice has continued when physicians looked to other physicians with special skills and/or experience for consultative advice and opinion to help heal their patients. In modern times and especially during most of the twentieth century, consultations followed a somewhat formal pattern where the patient's physician asked for a consultation via a written order and/or a direct, personal request to a...

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