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Billing for Assistant Surgeon

  1. Question Billing for Assistant Surgeon
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    When billing for the assistant surgeon, do you need to have a note from the assisting surgeon to bill the procedure code with modifier 80?

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    no, an op note is not necessary for an assistant surgery using the modifier 80.

    an op note is necessary for co-surgeons using the 62 modifier

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    The assistant surgeon does not have to dictate a note, but the attending surgeon should include language indication the need for assistance and the to what extent the surgeon assisted.

    Patrick

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