AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 11 (November)

Evaluation and Management/Consultations (November 2008)

November 2008 page 10e Evaluation and Management/Consultations Question: In the guidelines for reporting consultations, does the term "physician" include a resident, or is a resident considered an "appropriate source?" Answer: Your question appears to focus on who may request a consultation with respect to payer policy. A resident physician (postgraduate trainee) is a physician. CPT uses the term "physician" in the Evaluation and Management codes to include allopathic physicians, osteopathic physicians, podiatrists, physician's assistants, nurse practitioners, and other qualified health care professionals who may perform such services within their scope of practice. The Consultation guidelines speak to referral...

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