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 ...
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 ...
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 ...