Coding Errors: Use Expert Examples to Avoid These Common Eye Coding Errors

 CMS finds startling 13.5 percent error rate among 2016 eye procedures — don’t make the mistakes these practices did. Ophthalmologists have to code complex [...]

Posted on: 6 February 2017 | 1:02 am

Check Payer Policies for Updates

Although you’ve probably thought to reference your payer policies regarding new CPT® codes, many insurers also revise existing policies when the calendar turns. When examining your insurers’ coverage [...]

Posted on: 6 February 2017 | 1:02 am

You Be the Coder: Know How to Review MDM

Question: We used to report only ophthalmological services codes, but now our doctors want us to report more E/M codes because in some cases they pay more. Can you [...]

Posted on: 6 February 2017 | 1:02 am

Optometrists See Even Higher Error Rate Than Ophthalmologists

Optometry specialists were not immune to the CERT report’s glaring spotlight, and when the government listed the improper payment rate among the various specialists that bill Part B, [...]

Posted on: 6 February 2017 | 1:02 am

Reader Question: Look to 'H' Code for Glare Sensitivity

Question: We used to report 368.8 (Other specified visual disturbances) as the primary diagnosis when patients would present with glare sensitivity under ICD-10, but now we aren’t sure what [...]

Posted on: 6 February 2017 | 1:02 am

Reader Question: Know How to Code for Negative Findings

Question: A 72-year-old patient presented with high intraocular pressure in the right eye, a sign of glaucoma, and the doctor decided to perform a visual field (VF) examination. The [...]

Posted on: 6 February 2017 | 1:02 am

Operative Note Coding: Can You Code These Operative Reports?

Get the answers — straight from experts at the AAO conference. Coding an ophthalmology chart can sometimes involve reading a simple op report that you [...]

Posted on: 6 February 2017 | 1:02 am

CPT® 2017: Are You Reporting the 2017 CPT® Codes Correctly? Check This Primer to Find Out

Don’t miss these new Category III codes. Now that the calendar has turned to the New Year, it’s a good time to go over your [...]

Posted on: 6 February 2017 | 1:02 am

Reader Question: Adding Telemedicine? Don't Forget to Update Your Coding, Too

Question: Next month, one of our ophthalmologists will begin conducting remote diabetic retinopathy screenings in partnership with a PCP. The PCP will capture the images and transmit them electronically [...]

Posted on: 10 January 2017 | 8:01 pm

Reader Question: Multiple Global Periods May Mean Multiple Modifiers

Question: A patient had cataract surgery in her right eye on August 4th. Surgery was scheduled on the left eye for August 18th. That morning, the patient arrived and [...]

Posted on: 10 January 2017 | 7:01 pm