4 Simple Rules for Co-Surgeon Documentation
You should append modifier 62 Two surgeons when two surgeons work together to complete a procedure described by a single CPT® procedure code. To qualify as co-surgeons, the operating surgeons must share responsibility for the surgical procedure, with each serving as a primary surgeon during some portion of the procedure.
To ensure your documentation supports reporting for co-surgeons, follow these four simple rules:
- Each surgeon should document his own operative notes. Because co-surgeons each perform a distinct part of the procedure, they can’t share the same documentation.
- Each surgeon should identify the other as a co-surgeon. And both surgeons must submit claims for the same procedure with modifier 62 appended.
- The co-surgeons should link the same diagnosis to the common procedure code.
- Each surgeon should submit his own claim with his own documentation.