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  1. Question Assistant Surgeons
    Medical Coding Books
    When An Assistant Surgeon Bills For A Procedure On The CMS-1500 Form Which Physician Goes In The Referring Physician section number 17. Is it the Primary Surgeon Who Called For Assistance with this procedure or The Original Physician Who Referred The Patient To The Primary Surgeon in the first place?
    Last edited by keindl; 12-17-2007 at 11:15 AM.

  2. #2
    St. Louis, Missouri
    I would use the primary surgeon.

    Melissa Blow, CPC

  3. Smile
    I received a call back from CMS and they state that I should use the original physician who referred to the primary surgeon. So I guess that is the right answer.

  4. #4
    Springfield Mo AAPC
    Thanks, I knew you guys would help

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