Ama Policy

Assistants at Surgery H-385.969

Payment Rules

The AMA (1) opposes any effort by Medicare or any other third party payer to limit payment for medically necessary care, especially in the area of assistants at surgery; (2) supports and participates in, as appropriate, the efforts of state and specialty societies to develop guidelines for appropriate use of physicians as assistants at surgery; and (3) continues to oppose and seek regulatory and/or legislative relief from the discriminatory downgrading or elimination of Medicare payments for assistants at surgery.

Policy Timeline

Sub. Res. 229, A-91 Reaffirmed: BOT Rep. 32, A-99 Reaffirmed: CMS Rep. 5, A-09 Reaffirmed: BOT Rep. 09, A-19