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    Default billing for surgeon with resident doing the surgery

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    Can a surgeon who is guiding a resident through surgery bill for the service?
    How does the surgeon document his services?

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    Milwaukee WI

    Default Teaching Physician Guidelines

    Our surgeons typically state: "I was scrubbed and present for the entire procedure."

    Yes, the bill goes out under the surgeon's name.

    If no teaching physician presence/participation is noted, then we code the service with a dummy code that indicates "resident service only" and no bill goes out.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    what if the resident is the one dictating the operative report and states that the primary surgeon was scrubbed and present for the entire procedure? Can the bill still go out under the surgeon's name?

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