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technical surgical assistance

Professional, active assistance given to the operating physician during surgery by another physician not in charge of the case.

third-party administrator

An entity that performs all or part of administrative services for health plans, including the processing of claims. See also administrative services only.

Traditional coverage

A product line that includes comprehensive major medical benefits with a variety of deductibles and copayments. Members can use all participating providers who agree to file claims.

treatment episode

The period of treatment used as a base for comparison in health care statistics.


The evaluation of patients to assess the seriousness of their conditions and prioritize the urgency for care. In the setting of managed care, triage is often performed after office hours on the telephone by a nurse or other health professional to screen patients for emergency treatment.


BCBSM’s network of PPO professional and facility providers.