Lili Posted Fri 14th of March, 2014 12:39:48 PM
I NEED TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CPT CODE 67042 AND 67040 WHEN IN A SURGERY USED THE TWO CODES.
SuperCoder Answered Wed 19th of March, 2014 04:29:37 AM
67042-The physician preps and drapes the patient's eye and anesthesizes it. He opens the conjunctiva both nasally and temporally; and using a microvitreoretinal (MVR) blade, he accesses the sclera inferotemporally and sutures an infusion cannula to it. He then enters the sclera superonasally and superotemporally using the same blade. The physician removes the central vitreous and cuts the vitreous closest to the base. He lifts the posterior hyaloid and peels it peripherally. He puts the staining agent on the surface of the macula drop by drop and irrigates it away from the eye. He then lifts the edge of the internal limiting membrane and enters intraocular micro forceps through a sclerotomy. The forceps are used to further elevate and permanently remove the internal limiting membrane. He inspects the peripheral fundus for any retinal tears and performs the air–fluid exchange.
67040- For laser photocoagulation, you would use 67040.