In Billing
Aug 29th, 2019
A physician assistant (PA) serves as an assistant surgeon only to suture and close an incision. There is no documentation that the PA performed any other function to assist the primary surgeon during the surgery performed on the Medicare patient, such as providing extra hands needed for tasks which required more than the surgeon’s two ...
Jun 17th, 2019
Over my almost 30-year surgical coding career, the documentation for assistant surgeons consisted of only the name of the assistant surgeon in the operative note header. Most often there was no mention of the role of the assistant surgeon in the body of the operative note; it was assumed the assistant surgeon provided an extra ...
May 1st, 2010
By Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CCS-P, CEMC CPT® modifiers 90, 91, 92, and 99 often are overlooked by providers and coders. Whether coding lab procedures or procedures requiring multiple modifiers, it’s important to understand the correct usage and guidelines for reporting these modifiers. Modifier 90 The CPT® 2010 states to use modifier 90 Reference (outside) ...