CMS Eliminates Reimbursement for Consultations

Confusion and disagreement about the proper use of consultation codes has persisted since their development in 1990. Now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has a solution: cancel them.

CMS finalized its decision to eliminate the use of all consultation codes with the exception of telehealth consultation G codes. CMS will not reimburse for consultation codes submitted on Medicare claims beginning January 1, 2010. Physicians should cease submitting consultation codes on their Medicare claims and employ the appropriate visit code in their place.

CMS published the change in the Medicare physician fee schedule updates for 2010. Read more in the latest issue of AHIMA CodeWrite e-newsletter.

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