Boost co-surgery, multiple surgery, and bilateral surgery pay for these select procedures
You’ll no longer have to eat the cost of your services if your physician acts as co-surgeon on spine revisions. Thanks to several Fee Schedule changes that CMS recently enacted. CMS had good news in MLN Matters article MM7430, which had an effective date of Jan. 1, 2011 and an implementation date of July 5, 2011.
Look for Potential Co-Surgery Payment for These Codes:
CMS will change the co-surgery indicator for spine revision codes 22212 and 22222 from “0” to “1”. Keep in mind that supporting documentation is required when billing for a co-surgeon with these procedures, so don’t forget to submit that with your claim or you’ll be looking at bad news.
Remember: If you’re billing for co-surgery, append modifier 62 (Two surgeons) to your procedure code. For modifier 62 claims, most payers pay an additional fee (generally 125 percent of the “usual” fee for the procedure, split evenly between the two surgeons). Avoid reimbursement problems by checking these claims carefully. To claim co-surgeons, each surgeon must perform a distinct portion of a single CPT procedure, and each surgeon must dictate and submit his own operative report for his portion of the surgery.
Benefit From Surgical Assist Changes:
Practices that perform sinus endoscopies will also get a potential boost from the fee schedule changes, now that you’ll see the assistant at surgery indicator change for codes 31233 and 31235 from “1” (Assistant at surgery may not be paid) to “0” (Payment restrictions for assistants at surgery applies to this procedure unless supporting documentation is submitted to establish medical necessity).
You’ll append modifier 80 to the assistant’s surgical codes if the assisting surgeon is a physician. In cases when a non-physician assists at surgery on Medicare patients, append…