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Exam Coding: Expand Your Coding Options For Patients Refusing Dilation

- Published on Tue, Dec 07, 2010
Tip: You can schedule a second office visit -- but beware this coding stipulation.You know the routine: A patient shows up for an exam, but he won't let the optometrist dilate his pupils that day. Whatever the reason -- time, the drive home, etc. -- you're stuck trying to find the best way to report a dilation at a separate visit.Most Medicare carriers assume that a dilated fundus exam will be a part of any comprehensive eye exam you perform and bill with 92004 (Ophthalmological services: medical examination and evaluation with initiation of diagnostic and treatment program; comprehensive, new patient, one or more visits) or 92014 (Ophthalmological services: medical examination and evaluation, with initiation or continuation of diagnostic and treatment program; comprehensive, established patient, one or more visits), says Raequell Duran, CPC, president of Practice Solutions, a coding, compliance, and reimbursement consulting firm in Santa Barbara, Calif. Without dilation, you cannot perform the [...]

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