We have recently employed a pediatric dentist. We are having general dentists, outside of our practice, referring patient’s to us for treatment. In these cases, the general dentist have already done the patient’s exam/recall. Which code is the most appropriate to use when our pediatric dentist initially examines the patient? We are unsure on whether to use an exam code or a consultation code. Do we code differently if we do the patients treatment or if we cannot do the treatment and have to refer them out ourselves?
The most appropriate code for the pediatric dentist to use if the general dentist already used D0120, D0145, or D0150 would be D0160.
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