AMA CPT® Assistant - 1996 Issue 7 (July)

Reporting Cosurgeries (July 1996)

July 1996 page 7 Coding Tip Reporting Cosurgeries We receive many questions concerning how to report surgeries performed by more than one physician. To help you understand the proper coding we present the following information. The General Question I am a general surgeon who sometimes performs surgeries with other surgeons (cosurgeries), such as orthopedic or neurosurgeons. I open the surgical site, the other surgeon does the definitive portion of the procedure, and then I close. What CPT codes should I report for my services? I have heard from some sources that I should bill for a thoracotomy and wound...

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