Billing for Assistant Surgeon

sjmccarl52

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When billing for the assistant surgeon, do you need to have a note from the assisting surgeon to bill the procedure code with modifier 80?
 

mbort

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no, an op note is not necessary for an assistant surgery using the modifier 80.

an op note is necessary for co-surgeons using the 62 modifier
 

pmaho

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The assistant surgeon does not have to dictate a note, but the attending surgeon should include language indication the need for assistance and the to what extent the surgeon assisted.

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