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    Which is the proper billing for an assistant surgeon? My OB/GYN's like to asisst each other, so we bill alot of surgery assists. Say the primary surgeon fee was $2000. My office has historically billed assistant surgeon at 1/2 the amount of the primary surgeon and attached a modifer -80 to the assistant. So we are billing primary surgeon at $2000. and the assist surgeon at $1000. with -80 attached. Is this proper? Should be we billing the same fee for the primary surgeon and the assistant surgeon with -80 attached to the assistant?
    thanks in advance for your reply's.

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    it is proper to bill the primary surgeon the higher dollar amount and the assistant the lower amt. with modifier 80. Otherwise, it would be considered duplicate charges.

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