You can, however beware that a lot of payors do not recognize CST's as providers and the appeals that have to be done are astronomical. It would be in his best interest to hire a PA instead. Medicare/Medicaid both recognize them as providers once you have done the appropriate paperwork and its much easier to get paid. We have two PA's and one SA and trust me, I would much rather use the PA for our surgical cases however thats not always feasible. The other advantage to a PA is that they can see patients, prescribe, etc.
Hope this offers insight
Mary Bort, CPC
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