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  1. #1
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    Apr 2007
    Salem, NH

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    I have a modifer question-
    At our practice the Midwife's have been approved to assistant with C-sections. My question is this can I use modifer 80 which is for a assistant physician or is there something else I should be using since they are midwifes not physicians?

  2. #2
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    Apr 2007
    Kokomo, IN

    Default assistant midwife

    I'm not sure about this either, (I haven't ran across this in our facility), but according to the Coding with Modifier 3rd edition, page 223:
    "A PA or other nonphysician provider who assists at surgery, for example, would not use modifier 80. The modifier a nonphysician provider would use is the HCPCS modifier AS." You might check there and see if this is what your looking for.
    On page 224 it says:
    A nonphysician practitioner's allowance for assisting at surgery is 85% of the 16% that physicians are allowed. The appropriate assistant surgeon modifier (80 or AS) must be submitted with surgical code(s) when billing is done for an assistant-at-surgery.

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