Beginning with dates of service on or after March 1, 2022, the Assistant Surgeon Services commercial reimbursement policy will be renamed Assistant at Surgery (Modifier 80, 81, 82, AS). This policy follows the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines for the codes designated as Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Assistant Surgery payment indicator ‘2’ (“Always” requiring an assistant surgeon). Codes identified with MPFS Assistant Surgery payment indicators ‘0’, ‘1’, and ‘9’ are not allowed for reimbursement. Additionally, the Assistant Surgeon Coding list will be retired.   


For more information about this policy, visit the Reimbursement Policies page at  



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December 2021 Anthem New Hampshire Provider News