Carolinas Core Concepts Core Concepts in EM; a repository for Carolinas lecture summaries.


The Art of Calling a Consult

Matthew D. Sullivan, MD

  • Succinct Consultation is a required skill set for Emergency Physicians
  • In order to maximally improve your communications in consultation you must practice.
  • Pitfalls in consultation include: consultation at night, cross-covering physicians, change of shift.
  • Anticipating stumbling blocks in consultation is the best way to avoid consultative miscues.


Matt Sullivan, M.D.

  • Billing is best accomplished through great documentation as a communication to those who do your coding.
  • Remember that OBS care requires all three of the PMH, SocHx, FamHx be documented.
  • Procedural billing for lacerations is length and complexity based.