Rounding…Again

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February 26, 2015

Question:

I saw your Q&As on billing for weekend rounds – they were very helpful. What if my PA makes rounds on a patient, during the global period, that I operated on? The PA was not involved in the surgery and did not bill as an assistant for the procedure. So can my PA bill for weekend rounds? What if it is my neurosurgeon partner’s PA?

Answer:

So the practice has been paid for the postoperative care regardless of who actually performs the service. It is not appropriate for either PA to bill for weekend rounds since you’ve been paid to provide the service.