tci General Surgery Coding Alert - 2001 Issue 9

Reader Question: Billing for Resident Services at Teaching Hospital

Question: Does an attending physician have to be in the hospital to bill for any service performed by a resident? If so, what happens if the resident performs a consult on day one at 11 p.m. and no attending physician is present? Can the attending surgeon bill for the consult and date the bill for day two, when he actually reviews the data, even if the consult is dictated and dated day one? Or should the resident be instructed to wait to dictate the consult until the next day, when the attending surgeon is present?Louisiana Subscriber  ...

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