CMS has eliminated the use of all consultation codes.
CMS has eliminated the use of all consultation codes for inpatient and outpatient. However, the exception being CMS may cover telehealth consultation HCPCS G-Codes. Instead of reporting a consultation service, CMS will cover an E/M service if it is medically reasonable and necessary.
According to CMS, "Effective January 1, 2010, local Part B carriers and/or A/B MACs will no longer recognize AMA CPT consultation codes (ranges 99241-99245, and 99251- 99255) for inpatient facility and office/outpatient settings where consultation codes were previously billed for services in various settings".