General Question for the Week of March 15, 2021

General Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

Is there somewhere a list of typical “minor” procedures is documented? And am I correct that Medicare states the attending physician must be present for the entire procedure for minor procedures?

Answer:

There really isn’t a list for “minor procedures” in relation to teaching physician rules. The rules state only that minor procedures take five minutes or less. When talking about “minor procedures” for global periods, the RVU file published by CMS every quarter (if not more often) lists the global period of procedures. Those procedures with zero or ten-day global are considered minor procedures. Teaching physician rules can be found in the Claims Processing Manual, chapter 12.

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