Mohs and multiple surg. reduction

lillydog845

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does multiple surgical reduction apply when Mohs surgery and repair are done on the same day, same patient, same practice (tax ID), but different surgeons? Surgeon A does Mohs and Surgeon B does repair.
 
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Same specialty or different specialty?

If they are of the same specialty, they are considered one doctor for payment purposes.

If they are of different specialties, there shouldn't be a multiple surgery reduction. HOWEVER, some payers do not recognize this and will apply the reduction.

The purpose of the reduction is to account for the fact that a surgeon will not perform separate pre- and post-operative care for the additional procedures performed. However, if both surgeons will be independently providing pre- and post-op care (for the respective procedures performed), then you should appeal with full documentation (not just op note but clinic/office visits as well).

Hope that helps.

F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
 

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yes, thanks for the responding. they are both dermatologists. my doctor isn't too happy though which i can't really blame him since the repair surgeon did the original biopsy (pre and post op care) and referred the pt for Mohs, his repair is reduced for having a lower RVU while the Mohs is allowed at 100%. well, it is what it is.
 
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