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Cataract coding with implant????

HCCCoder

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Hello all,
Would you code "Phacoemulsification of cataract, left eye/posterior chamber implant" as 66984?

Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Lilit
 

magnolia1

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Yes.
However, depending on the full description of how the procedure was perfomed, your code choice may be 66982.

Karen Maloney, CPC
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Thanks very much.
Dr billed for 76519 (A-scan), where documentation says "Phacoemulsification of cataract, left eye/posterior chamber implant".
Daaaaa???

Thanks again,
Lilit
 

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The doctor may have used that procedure (CPT 76519) to determine the correct power of the Intraocular Lens to be placed during the Cataract surgery.

Karen Maloney, CPC
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I have another one with "Anterior vitrectomy" and "Lateral canthotomy" done on the same date of service with "Phacoemulsification of cataract, left eye/posterior chamber implant".
Does anyone know if "Vitrectomy" and "Canthotomy" are included in 66984, or reported separetely?
Thanks, in advance.
Lilit
 

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I already got the answer of my own question.
"Canthotomy" is included in 66984 and "Anterior Vitrectomy" needs to be coded as 67005 with modifiers 51 and LT.

Lilit
 
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