If you are truly "covering" for the other physician then I would think you would assume his/her global periods. This may be a case where the opposite sometimes happens -- i.e. your surgeon is off on the weekend and that OTHER physician covers the routine post-op care visits. There should be some agreement between the practices with respect to how to handles these cases. For record keeping purposes, you might want to set up a dummy code to track these visits in your system, but no bill would go to insurance or the patient.
I may not be fully understanding your scenario, and if I'm wrong, I apologize.
Hope that helps.
F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
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