Jul 23rd, 2013
By Marilyn Holley, CPC, CPC-I, RHIT, CHISP It’s as easy, or as hard, as 1, 2, 3. Successful coding and billing for surgical assistants depends on three principal factors: Does the payer allow additional reimbursement for surgical assistance for the reported procedure? Has the surgeon sufficiently documented the need for and role of the surgical ...
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) ...
Jan 1st, 2008
Billing successfully for an assistant at surgery is all  in the way physicians document op reports and coders attach modifiers. By Susan Vogelberger, CPC, CPC-H, CMBS, CCP To bill for an assistant at surgery, the surgeon is required to specify in the body of the operative report what the assistant actually does. It is not ...