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Optometry Coding & Billing Alert

Reader Question:

Know Contact Lens Rules With Keratoconus

Question: We know we can’t bill Medicare for regular refractive contact lenses, but how can we collect for contact lens services if the patient has keratoconus? Subscriber

Answer: You are correct when you say that you can’t simply report 92310 (Prescription of optical and physical characteristics of and fitting of contact lens, with medical supervision of adaptation; corneal lens, both eyes, except for aphakia) if the patient has keratoconus, because your situation is different.

Solution: To avoid denials when the optometrist prescribes a contact lens to treat keratoconus, use 92072 (Fitting of contact lens for management of keratoconus, initial fitting). For mild cases of keratoconus, glasses may adequately correct the patient’s vision. More severe cases of keratoconus may require hard or gas-permeable contact lenses.

Based on the 2016 Medicare physician fee schedule, unadjusted for geographic location, you can expect about $136.41 when you report 92072.