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New and Modified Provider Taxonomy Codes for Oct 1st, 2014

August 01, 2014
New codes added 7/1/2014, effective 10/1/2014


Under the Other Service Providers Type the Peer Specialist was added:

Individuals certified to perform peer support services through a training process defined by a government agency, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs or a state mental health department/certification/licensing authority.
Source: National Uniform Claim Committee


Under the Technologists, Technicians & Other Technical Service Providers and Specialist/Technologist, Other the Orthopedic Assistant was added:

An Orthopaedic Assistant is a person who has been trained to work as a physician extender in both clinical and surgical environments. An Orthopaedic Assistant assists with aspects of patient care as determined by the supervising surgeon including, but not limited to, obtaining patient history, assisting with examinations, injections, recording of office notes, and application/adjustment/removal of splints, casts, and other immobilization devices. Acting as a surgical first assistant for orthopaedic surgery cases includes providing aid in exposure, hemostasis, positioning of the patient, suturing and closure of body planes and skin, application of wound dressings or immobilization devices, and other technical functions that will help the surgeon carry out a safe operation with optimal results for the patient. An Orthopaedic Assistant may be licensed, registered, or certified depending on the state in which the individual practices.
Source: American Society of Orthopaedic Assistants (ASOA), 2014

Additional Resources: National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Assistants

Modified codes 7/1/2014, effective 10/1/2014


Under the Technologists, Technicians & Other Technical Service Providers and Specialist/Technologist, Other name changed to:

Surgical Assistant

definition changed to:

A surgical assistant is a skilled practitioner who has undergone formalized education and training as a surgical assistant. The surgical assistant performs surgical functions that include, but are not limited to: retracting, manipulating, suturing, clamping, cauterizing, litigating, and tying tissue; suctioning, irrigating and sponging; positioning the patient; closure of body planes and skin; and participating in hemostasis and volume replacement. Surgical assistants are certified and registered or licensed by the state, or, in states without licensure, certified as surgical assistants by completing appropriate education and training.
Source: Association of Surgical Assistants, 2014.

Additional Resources: National Surgical Assistant Association,


Under the Technologists, Technicians & Other Technical Service Providers and Specialist/Technologist, Other code was changed from 246ZS0400X name changed to:

Surgical Technologist

definition changed to:

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals, who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients. Surgical technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Surgical technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.
Source: Association of Surgical Technologists, "Job Description: Surgical Technologist," 2014.

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