Regarding code D9310, consultation by another dentist. We have multiple providers in our office and there are occasions where one of our providers refer to another provider in our office. To give you an example, one dentist will refer to another dentist (internally) for an extraction. Sometimes it is necessary for the referred dentist to evaluate the patient before the extraction can be accomplished. Can this code be used for this purpose?

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  • Regarding code D9310, consultation by another dentist. We have multiple providers in our office and there are occasions where one of our providers refer to another provider in our office. To give you an example, one dentist will refer to another dentist (internally) for an extraction. Sometimes it is necessary for the referred dentist to evaluate the patient before the extraction can be accomplished. Can this code be used for this purpose?

Regarding code D9310, consultation by another dentist. We have multiple providers in our office and there are occasions where one of our providers refer to another provider in our office. To give you an example, one dentist will refer to another dentist (internally) for an extraction. Sometimes it is necessary for the referred dentist to evaluate the patient before the extraction can be accomplished. Can this code be used for this purpose?

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No using D9310 within the same office is inappropriate. The correct way would be to use D0150 for the general dentist first "initial" visit and then use D0160 for the referral to the oral surgeon.

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