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    I am a coder for neurosurgeons. I have 2 surgeons that performed a 3 level laminectomy on a patient for lumbar stenosis, they both dictated OP report as co-surgeon. This is a straightforward procedure. Should this be coded as Co-surgeon with a 62 modifier or as a First Assist with a 82 modifer, as we are a teaching facility?

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    Hi there,

    Did you check the status indicator of your actual CPT code to see if the procedure itself allows for co-surgeon? As far as the potential -82 route does the surgeon state that a qualified resident wasn't available?

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