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Ophthalmology Coding Alert

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EO for Flashes and Floaters

Question: A patient reports flashes and floaters but the ophthalmologist does not find evidence of retinal pathology on routine ophthalmoscopy. Are we justified in billing for extended ophthalmoscopy (EO)?
Kansas Subscriber
Answer: If the ophthalmoscopy is a routine part of a patient’s eye exam, do not bill for it separately.