Assistant Surgeon-Is it correct

easumma

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Is it correct that an asistant surgeon can bill just as well as the primary surgeon can. Correct? Example, You have the main surgeon , and then the assistant surgeon. So I would bill XXXXX for the main surgeon then XXXXX-80 for the assistant?
 

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If I am billing for a physician surgical assistant I use the same procedure code with modifier 80 and if I am billing for a CNM assist the modifier is -81.
 

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Is it correct that an asistant surgeon can bill just as well as the primary surgeon can. Correct? Example, You have the main surgeon , and then the assistant surgeon. So I would bill XXXXX for the main surgeon then XXXXX-80 for the assistant?

Use the same code plus one of the following modifiers:

Modifier 80
Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) modifier -80 represents assistant at surgery by another physician. This assistant at surgery is providing full assistance to the primary surgeon. This modifier is not intended for use by non-physicians assisting at surgery (e.g. Nurse Practitioners or Physician Assistants).

Modifier 81
CPT modifier -81 represents minimal assistant at surgery by another physician. This assistant at surgery is providing minimal assistance to the primary surgeon. This modifier is not intended for use by non-physicians assisting at surgery (e.g. Nurse Practitioners or Physician Assistants).

Modifier 82
CPT modifier -82 represents assistant at surgery by another physician when a qualified resident surgeon is not available to assist the primary surgeon. This modifier is not intended for use by non-physicians assisting at surgery (e.g. Nurse Practitioners or Physician Assistants).

Modifier AS
HCPCS Level II modifier –AS represents a non-physician assisting at surgery.
 
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