I don't know of any written guideline that states the Assistant can or can not dictate his own OP report.
For coding, the Assistant is coded the same CPT codes as the Surgeon. The primary can't code a CABG 33533 and the Assist code 33521. The assist is going to get 33533-80 (or AS).
The Surgeon has control of the surgical episode and it's his responsibility to dictate a complete/accurate OP report. I have actually encouraged the Assist not to dictate a 2nd report. That only opens the door to possible contradictions.
If the payer requests the OP report before paying the claim, are you going to send the Surgeon's report or the Assist's report or both? And heaven forbid this ends up in court somewhere down the line and the Atty finds a discrepancy between the 2 OP reports.
Bottom line.......it's not the Assist's responsibility to dictate the OP report. If you have an Assist that has a issue with the Surgeon's OP report not accurately reflecting his services, then that's something that needs to be taken up the chain to QA, Peer Review etc
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