• Patient Consult in Hospital Same Day as Injection

    Question: Our physician was referred a child due to bilateral uveitis. Two weeks later, the patient had planned bilateral injections of Kenalog in the hospital. He was admitted for unrelated reasons and later that day the surgeon, who happened to be the on-call physician for the group, was asked for a consult for the same patient. The complaint was due to decreased vision bilaterally; however the only diagnosis was uveitis. Can we submit for the consult?

    Answer: This is not separately billable; it still relates to the reason the patient had injections the same day. It would be included in the postoperative period.

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