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Thread: Work RVUs for Assistant Surgeons

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    Dover Seacoast New Hampshire

    Default Work RVUs for Assistant Surgeons

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    Can anyone tell me where I might find information on the calculation of work RVUs for a CPT code submitted with an -80 or -81 modifier?

    I did check the CMS Physician fee schedule lookup, which calculates -26, TC and global codes, but it doesn't address the assistant surgery modifier.

    If not....does anyone have their own internal calculation of how to determine work RVUs for assistant surgeons; for example 20% of the global work RVU?
    Thanks in advance for your help. Pam Brooks, PCS, CPC

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    I have never seen or heard of any sort of list of RVU's for assistant surgeons.

    What I have seen as "typical protocol" is the assistant bills 20% of the surgeons fees (this varies by provider).

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