May 27, 2021
Our practice understands how to report shared services in the hospital when the physician assistant and physician both see the patient on the same day. My question, and I have not found anyone who is able to answer is, how do we bill when a hospital-employed physician assistant and our physician sees the patient on the same day?
Thanks for contacting KZA. Shared services do not apply in the hospital setting between the hospital-employed physician assistant and your practice. You may only report an encounter as a shared service if your practice employs or incur the expense of the physician assistant.
Some hospitals allow physician assistants to bill for their hospital encounters; some do not. If you are able to bill for your physician’s encounter with the patient, the E/M service will be based solely on the independent work performed and documented by your physician.
*This response is based on the best information available as of 05/27/21.