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Q: What specialties do you cover?

A: Bariatric Surgery
Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
General
Genitourinary
Neurosurgery
Obstetrics & Gynecological
Orthopedics
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Renal Transplant
Robotic Surgery
Vascular

Q: What surgical assistants do you have available?

A: CRNFA, RNFA, NP, PA-C and SA-C.

Q: Does having a surgical assistant add to the cost of the surgery?

A: Amid America's inevitable health care reform changes and insurance cutbacks, the profession of surgical assisting is proud to share its unique position in offering cost-effective, quality care for the surgical patient. As a provider of first assisting, the surgical assistant is often reimbursed by insurance companies for services rendered at significantly lower cost to the consumer and insurance industry while providing safe quality patient care.

Q: Who determines if there will be a SA?

A: The primary surgeon. The nature of the procedure can also dictate the need for a surgical assistant. Often the SA is someone the primary surgeon has worked with on prior procedures that has demonstrated a skill level that inspires confidence in their abilities.

Q: Who is responsible for paying the SA?

A: MSA Billing Services will file a claim on your behalf with your insurance company. On occasion, there are contracts signed by the patient pertaining to the possibility of your insurance company denying our claim, and therefore, you are responsible for making payment arrangements with our organization.

Q: What about monies applied to my co-insurance, deductible and/or co-payments?

A: Based on the healthcare policy, your insurance company may apply monies to be paid by you. On most occasions, you will be responsible for these fees. If this occurs, please contact our office to work out a payment plan.

Q: Are surgical assistants licensed?

A: No. Currently the State of Georgia does not require Surgical Assistants to be licensed, but MSA has joined in the fight to standardize certifications and obtain licensure. Education, testing, peer-review and continuing medical education are already part of MSA’s mandate for our healthcare professionals.

Q: Who certifies your assistants?

A: Georgia State Board of Medical Examiners
Association of Operating Room Nurses
National Surgical Assistant Association
The American Board of Surgical Assistants


Q: What is a Surgical Assistant?

A: The Surgical Assistant works in collaboration with the Surgeon and other healthcare team members to achieve optimal outcomes for the patient. The Surgical Assistant has attained, through additional education and training, the necessary technical skills and knowledge to function as the assistant to the Surgeon during an operation. During surgery, the Surgical Assistant is under the direct supervision of the surgeon and does not function as a Scrub Nurse.
Surgical Assistants demonstrate a great deal of sophisticated decision-making and problem-solving skills within the technically oriented tasks they perform. This both safeguards a patient in the operating room and facilitates the technical aspects of operative intervention. These cognitive and analytical processes require highly specialized knowledge and skills acquired through education and experience.

Q: Can a patient choose their own surgical assistants?

A: It is possible; however, it is best to allow your Surgeon to make that decision. He/she will select a Surgical Assistant with the skills and abilities needed to perform the procedure to obtain optimal patient outcomes.

 

 

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