We are the luckiest people! Sandra Durant CPOC, a certified Paraoptometric Coder has agreed to do a monthly post for us on Billing and Coding. Sandra has been working in insurance for over 18 years and the past 5.5 in Optometry. She earned her certification as a CPOC (Certified Paraoptometric Coder) last year and is a member of the AOA’s CPOC Committee in which she assisted in the design of the CPOC exams. Sandra works in Michigan, so some coding might differ due to local or state regulations.
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Her first post is on New Glaucoma Codes
As of October 1, 2011, coding for glaucoma became more specific with the additional of new codes and new coding requirements. Medicare implemented the change effective October 1, 2011 and all other insurance carriers made changes effective January 1, 2012.
There are seven new codes and one revised code in this “glaucoma” category. The new ICD-9 codes allow differentiating glaucomatous stages into mild, moderate and severe disease.
365.01 – Revised – Open angle with borderline findings, low risk
365.05 – New – Open angle with borderline findings, high risk
365.06 – New – Primary angle closure without glaucoma damage
365.70 – New – Glaucoma stage, unspecified
365.71 – New – Mild stage glaucoma
365.72 – New – Moderate stage glaucoma
365.73 – New – Severe stage glaucoma
365.74 – New – Indeterminate stage glaucoma
Proper coding still requires use of the primary diagnosis to be the disease state, but now the stage of glaucoma should be reported on a second line. Both diagnoses need to be linked to the CPT code used.
These changes will help prepare doctors for the ICD-10 conversion in October 2013 and are similar in concept to the recent PQRS initiative of reporting “what you find”. For additional resources, refer to www.aoacodingtoday.com.
Guest Post by Sandra Durant CPOC, a certified Paraoptometric Coder. Sandra has been working in insurance for over 18 years and the past 5.5 in Optometry. She earned her certification as a CPOC (Certified Paraoptometric Coder) last year and is a member of the AOA’s CPOC Committee in which she assist in the design of the CPOC exams.