manage the patient. A consultation is billed under one of the
consultation codes listed in Physicians' Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)
(99241-99245 for outpatient of office consultations). If the NP is the
consultant, the NP should document the request for a consultation, the reason
for the consult, and the NP's evaluation and recommendations.
When an NP requests a consultation from another provider, the N
P should request "consultation" on the referral form, rather than
A referral is made when the referring provider wants to turn the
management of the patient over to the referred-to provider, at least for the
When a NP refers a patient, the NP should state on the referral
form that the NP is "referring the patient for evaluation and
treatment." The referred-to provider will bill an evaluation and
management code, rather than a consultation code.
Writing Assignment: Consult: Write up a
consult request and include all key elements.
Ms. Perez has been referred to Ms. Wilson FNP-C,APRN, MSN
for consultation regarding eczema unresponsive to treatment in the past
Document the evaluation and recommendations for how Ms. Wilson
FNP-C,APRN,MSN should deal with the consultation request and bill a consultation
Writing Assignment: Referral: Write up a
referral request and include all key elements.
As an NP and Ms. Perez primary care provider, you decide to
refer her to Dr. Owens a dermatologist for evaluation and treatment regarding
eczema unresponsive to treatment in the past six months.
1. Document your referral to Dr. Owens
2. Document the evaluation and recommendations for how Dr. Owens
should deal with the referral and bill a referral code.
Minimum 2000 words