AMA CPT® Assistant - 1996 Issue 9 (September)

Direct Transfer of Care Versus Consultation (September 1996)

September 1996 pages 1-2 Direct Transfer of Care Versus Consultation When does a consultation become a direct transfer of care? How do we determine and code for the differences in the respective services? The documentation in a patient's chart may not clarify whether an emergency department (ED) physician evaluated a patient and requested a direct transfer of care to another physician, or if the ED physician requested the opinion or advice of another physician. In the emergency department setting, ED physicians usually provide services and procedures of an acute nature and then refer the patient(s) to other physicians (eg...

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