Emergency Department Coding & Reimbursement Alert

Reader Question: Can You Bill Slit-Lamp Eye Exam Separately?

- Published on Tue, Jun 01, 1999
Question: Can use of a slit-lamp exam for eye injuries be coded separately from an E/M code?

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Answer: No, use of the slit-lamp exam for eye injuries can not be coded separately, says Painter. The eye exam, including the slit-lamp, is considered comprehensive. When performed in the emergency department, the exam should be reported using the appropriate level of CPT E/M code (99281-99285, emergency services) and not the ophthalmologic codes.

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