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code 38230 - Surgical Assistant??

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    Default code 38230 - Surgical Assistant??
    Medical Coding Books
    Hello -

    I am trying to find out if a PA can be a surgical assistant for code 38230 (BM harvesting) and if so, under which conditions. So far I have learned that this procedure allows for assistants, but requires submission of documentation to support medical necessity. What I like to know is if this is applicable to PAs and also what conditions would satisfy medical necessity.

    Any help is greatly appreciated!
    Karolina, CPC, CPMA, CEMC

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    Milwaukee WI
    Default Scope of practice
    If this is in the PA's scope of practice, then Yes, you can charge the assist to the PA. If you are in a teaching hospital your documentation must also state that there was no qualified resident available to assist, therefore requiring the assist by the PA.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    Thanks Tessa!
    This helps a lot.
    Karolina, CPC, CPMA, CEMC

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