We have some debate as to whether or not we can bill for an Asst. surgeon when a resident is doing a portion of the case... So I could use some help to help clarify this to the docs... In this particular case one doc from our practice preforms the colectomy, the resident cuts through the skin etc... but is not qualified to use the stapler device, therefore another surgeon in our practice is also in the room to asst. with this portion of the surgery. So the resident is listed on the op note as the 1st asst. and they aslo list the surgeon whom helped with the stapling as the 2nd asst... Would it be correct to bill for the 2nd Asst. or not??? We are in a high volume teaching area and this issue comes up often. Thank you for any thoughts and insight on this matter.
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