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Ophthalmology Coding Alert

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Can You Justify Reporting 99233?

Question: Our ophthalmologist saw an inpatient and treated her for diabetic retinopathy that had gone untreated for years. She also had glaucoma and cataracts, so the physician was with her for quite a while. He reported a 99233, which we’ve never billed before. How do I know if this high-level code is justified? Answer: Code 99233 (Subsequent hospital care, per day, for [...]