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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?

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    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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