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    Coding opthalmology for 9 months now and struggling with the 'history/general medical evaluation' concept of using eye codes. Some of my foreign-born docs only write in short statements (basically restating the diagnoses the techs wrote). I know to use E/M codes for follow-ups and such, and they require a true 'HPI'. My problem is I want to use eye codes when appropriate, but these doctor's observations seem more like A&P info rather than 'history/general medical evaluations'. What constitutes this info? Can I get by using the eye codes when there is limited info for this vague 'history' required to use the eye codes? I am probably the expert here where I work, so any valid documentation that would help me explain it to a future audit would help! haha!

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    Apr 2007
    Fullerton/Buena Park, CA


    check with AAO website, they may have information as to what has to be documented in the charts when using vision codes.

    I do know that E/M codes require more documentation in the charts the vision codes do. That is why most Ophthal & optometrists use vision codes.
    Jennifer DeWitte, CPC, CPC-P, CPB
    Newport Center Surgical
    Coding & Billing Department

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