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  1. #1
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    Default PA assistant in surgery

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    We have billed Medicare for procedure 44140 with an 80 modifier for a PA to assistant in this surgery. Medicare has denied. In contacting them they state there is a different modifier to use with this procedure. Can any give assitance for this modifier?
    Thank you
    Andi M.

  2. #2
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    Apr 2007
    Minneapolis MN


    The -AS modifier is used for assistant at surgery for PAs, NPs,and clinical nurse specialist.

  3. #3
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    Apr 2007
    Greeley, Colorado


    AS is the correct modifier.
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

  4. #4
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    Apr 2007
    North Carolina


    82 for teaching hospitals

    "Carriers process assistant at surgery claims for services furnished in teaching hospitals on the basis of the following certification by the assistant, or through the use of modifier -82 which indicates that a qualified resident surgeon was not available."



    "The AS modifier must be on claim for assistant at surgery claims."



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