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    I work with two orthopedic surgeons who have never used an assistant in surgery. One has decided that he is going to start having an assistant surgeon with him. I have never had to code for an assistant. Could you tel me how he needs to document his dictations. The assistant will be dictating but I need to know what the primary surgeon needs to include in his documentation. Thanks.

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    The primary surgeon needs to specify,in the body of the op note, the role of the assistant. Your assistant is not required to dictate his/her role unless he/she is a co-surgeon. There is an excellent article in the January 2008, Coding Edge pertaining to assistants at surgery...page 38.
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    Thank you the article was exactly what I was looking for and answered all of my questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RebeccaWoodward* View Post
    The primary surgeon needs to specify,in the body of the op note, the role of the assistant. Your assistant is not required to dictate his/her role unless he/she is a co-surgeon. There is an excellent article in the January 2008, Coding Edge pertaining to assistants at surgery...page 38.
    would you be able to fax this article to me 6035697579 I am not able to access it through the AAPC. or email kbarron@hugginshospital.org Thank you
    Karen Barron, CPC
    Hampton New Hampshire Chapter

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    Rebecca, Could I get a copy of the article you reference from Coding Edge? I am having that question right now. I would appreciate it.
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    Could you please fax a copy of the article in Jan 2008 Coding edge to me concerning documentation of assistant surgeon also. 1-843-563-4541

    Thanks Terri

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    Quote Originally Posted by laterrafarm View Post
    Could you please fax a copy of the article in Jan 2008 Coding edge to me concerning documentation of assistant surgeon also. 1-843-563-4541

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    Sure thing...
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    Would you please send me the Coding Edge artice from January 2008? My fax number is
    413-233-2673. Thank you so much!

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    you should also go to this link:
    ttp://www.cms.gov/apps/physician-fee-schedule/license-agreement.aspx

    this is the medicare physician fee schedule search database, and gives info on the modifiers that can/can't be used with certain codes. great if you need to figure out if a code can even be billed by an assistant.

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