​Assistant-at-Surgery Services reimbursement policy update​

November 5, 2021

​Independence will revise reimbursement for assistant-at-surgery services provided by non-physician health care practitioners reporting services with modifier AS effective for dates of service on or after February 14, 2022. Non-physician health care practitioners are:

  • Physicians assistants
  • Nurse practitioners (NP/CRNP)
  • Clinical nurse specialists

Reimbursement will be adjusted to 13.6% of the surgical allowance in accordance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services policy and payment methodology.

Commercial and Medicare Advantage Policy Notifications were posted November 5, 2021:

  • 00.10.18r: Modifiers for Assistant-at-Surgery Services
  • #MA00.015k: Modifiers for Assistant-at-Surgery Services: 80, 81, 82, and AS