Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota continually develops and revises coding and reimbursement policies and resources in response to rapidly changing medical technology and updates to the coding sets. Our commitment is to update the provider community as coding and reimbursement policies are adopted and/or revised. These updates apply to both BCBSND Commercial and Medicaid Expansion plans.
The following reimbursement policy has had information added and/or revised effective Jan. 1, 2024:
Assistant at Surgery: All codes in the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), Relative Value Unit (RVU) File with the status indicator “0” for “Assistant at Surgery” will be reimbursable for assistant at surgery services when indicated by an assistant surgeon modifier (80, 81, 82, or AS).
The policy will be updated on our website within the next two weeks to view this change.