Coding, Classification & Reimbursement

Topic: Palliative care Z51.5 for consult 

1.  Palliative care Z51.5 for consult

Posted 07-17-2017 18:10
​Is anyone aware of a commercial payor requiring assignment of Z51.5 Encounter for Palliative Care as evidence of a palliative care consultation?  Regardless of whether the patient elects to proceed with palliative care?

Susan Wallace
VP of Inpatient Services

2.  RE: Palliative care Z51.5 for consult

Posted 08-11-2017 16:24
Hello Susan,
I ran across this AAPC Forum discussion - see link below
They elude to needing the Z51.5 code however it might be facility based coding.
 Good luck and have a great day, Shawna

Shawna Zastoupil
Hospice Coding Manager