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    Question Assistant Surgeons

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    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 10:15 AM.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    St. Louis, Missouri


    I would use the primary surgeon.

    Melissa Blow, CPC

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    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.

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    Apr 2007
    Springfield Mo AAPC


    Thanks, I knew you guys would help

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