Reader Question: Determine Conjunctivitis Details Before Selecting Code

Question: We reported H10.10 for a conjunctivitis case – which is what we’ve been reporting ever since ICD-10 went into effect—and it was denied for the first time last [...]

Posted on: 22 November 2016 | 3:11 am

Reader Question: Consider Type of Telemedicine When Choosing Code

Question: Often, one of our ophthalmologists or qualified nonphysician practitioners (NPPs) provides services that they label as “telemedicine.” Is there a way to code for “telemedicine”? [...]

Posted on: 22 November 2016 | 3:11 am

Reader Question: Know the IOL Rules

Question: A patient undergoing complex cataract surgery received an astigmatism-correcting IOL. Which code should we report for this? Supercoder.com Subscriber Answer: Actually, every cataract [...]

Posted on: 22 November 2016 | 2:11 am

You Be the Coder: Know When, How to Amend Notes

Question: Our office performed an audit prior to submitting our claim to insurance and we discovered that the doctor marked a 99215 even though the level only met the [...]

Posted on: 22 November 2016 | 2:11 am

Patient Privacy: Don't Let a Text Compromise Your Eye Practice's Security

HIPAA-compliant messaging helps practices maintain their patients’ privacy. Your physicians, mid-level providers, and support staff probably find texting to be a convenient and quick [...]

Posted on: 22 November 2016 | 2:11 am

Revenue Booster: Don't Know Your Lateral From Your Inferior Rectus Muscles? Strabismus Pay Might Elude You

Nail down your anatomic knowledge now and collect appropriately later. Orthopedic coders may think they are the only ones who have to nail down the [...]

Posted on: 22 November 2016 | 2:11 am

Cataract Mythbuster: Yes You Can Collect More Money for Complex Pediatric Cataract Extractions

Determining what your insurers consider “complex” is key. Your practice probably knows the cataract coding rules by heart, but when it comes to any cataract [...]

Posted on: 22 November 2016 | 2:11 am

Reader Question: Know When Procedure Is 'Staged'

Question: We performed a retinal detachment repair on a patient, and the following week, he returned because the retinal detachment recurred in the same location as the previous one. [...]

Posted on: 19 October 2016 | 6:10 am

Reader Question: Know the Modifier 55 Rules

Question: Our ophthalmologist is seeing a patient for follow-up visits after another physician performed eye surgery on her while she was in Connecticut for the summer. Now that she’s [...]

Posted on: 19 October 2016 | 6:10 am

You Be the Coder: ABNs Can Protect You

Question: We haven’t customarily used advance beneficiary notices (ABNs) in our practice unless we’re on the fence about whether a payer will reimburse a procedure, but our doctor wants [...]

Posted on: 19 October 2016 | 6:10 am