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Ophthalmology Coding Alert

CPT 2011 Update: Check Out 65778-65779 for Amniotic Procedures


- Published on Mon, Dec 13, 2010

Tip: Using tissue glue? Stick with 66999.

Eye coders, beware: You've got two new codes for procedures involving amniotic membrane on the eye.

New code 65778 (Placement of amniotic membrane on the ocular surface for wound healing; self-retaining) describes a procedure in which amniotic membrane is placed on the ocular surface similar to what you do with a contact lens. "The membrane can sit on the eye for several days while the eye is healing," explained George A. Williams, MD, American Academy of Ophthalmology, AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) Member in the symposium's "Ophthalmology" session co-presented with L. Neal Freeman, MD, MBA, CCS-P, FACS, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, AMA CPT Advisory Committee Member. Code 65779 (Placement of amniotic membrane on the ocular surface for wound healing; single layer, sutured) is the same process but with suturing, which makes it fundamentally a different process.

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