Month: February 2017


Pain Management

My group has a policy that orthopaedic surgeons deal with patient’s post-operative pain for 6 weeks and then they are referred to the physiatrists in the group to manage all on going pain. Can the physiatrist bill for these E/M visits since they are a different specialty even though the patient is in the global period?


Assistant Surgeon – PA vs. Physician Payment

I am writing because I have a question that you might be able to help me with. My PA of several years who assists me in the operating room is retiring. There is a local family practitioner that is leaving her practice and it might be interesting to see if she would be interested in assisting me in surgery. Is there a difference in payment for the PA versus the physician?

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