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Aqueous tube shunt, left eye?

Amy Posted Tue 20th of November, 2012 19:43:44 PM

I cannot decide if the proc should be coded 66180 or for the revision 66185? THe report states a superior corneal traction suture was placed and the eye wasd rotated inferiorly. It mentions superotemporal quadrant wasd dissected using Westcott sissors. The tube was placed under the superior and lateral rectus muscles? A scleral patch graft was cut and placed over the tube and sewn into place. Is this the revision 66185?
Dx I coded 365.9 for Glaucoma of the left eye? Is this right?
Amy Bedford

SuperCoder Answered Tue 20th of November, 2012 21:09:44 PM

For the aqueous shunt insertion, you should report 66180 (Aqueous shunt to extraocular reservoir [e.g., Molteno, Schocket, Denver-Krupin]).

You can, in fact, report an additional code for the graft. Use 67255 (Scleral reinforcement [separate procedure]; with graft). Because the ophthalmologist doesn’t have to perform 67255 on every patient who gets a shunt, be sure the documentation includes information about the scleral thinning or other reason for the reinforcement procedure to support medical necessity for the additional procedure.

Note: You may need to append modifier 51 (Multiple procedures) to 67255, depending on your carrier, because your physician performed more than one procedure during the same operative session. Medicare doesn’t require you to use modifier 51 on a Medicare claim because the carrier will automatically add it, but you’ll likely need the modifier for private payers.

Link the appropriate glaucoma diagnosis to 66180 for the shunt insertion, and link 379.04 (Scleromalacia perforans) to 67255 for the graft.

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