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Assistant surgeries

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    Medical Coding Books

    I was wondering if this scenario can be billed out...

    Open heart surgery case

    -Main surgeon bills out proper codes

    -Assistant at surgery (other MD in the practice) bills for his assist portion -80 modifier

    -Listed on the op report is 2ND Assist which is usually a PA.

    My question is can i bill for 2 assistant surgeons???

    Does anyone have documentation that supports this either way??


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    Kansas City MO
    Default Assistant surgeries
    Check the operative note to determine if the PA has actually assisted in the entire service. I have found that there are times that an NPP often assists in only specific portions of a surgical procedure. The NPP will be billed as AS instead of -80. Unfortunately, I can not remember where I saw the documentation for billing for BOTH assistants, but it is out there somewhere. Hopefully, another coder will hop on htis thread and helpo both of us out.

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