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    Can anyone tell me if I can bill both medical and vision on a single office visit?

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    Apr 2007
    Lexington Kentucky Chapter


    I believe that you can only if there are two different specialties involved (ie. optometrist sees the patient for routine vision care and refers them to a retinal specialist for a detached retina.)

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Fullerton/Buena Park, CA


    Ophthalmology uses both e/m codes & vision codes. You can only use either e/m code or vision code to bill. you can bill refraction (92015) w/ either set of codes if it's performed. Usually optometrist use the vision codes because these are widely used w/ vision insurances. Ophthalmology uses both because they can bill both vision & medical insurances.
    Jennifer DeWitte, CPC, CPC-P, CPB
    Newport Center Surgical
    Coding & Billing Department

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    Our office does retinal and anterior seg photos, and I have billed those medically with a medical dx on the same claim as a routine exam with a routine dx. The key is the insurance.

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    I think the provider can not bill two insurances ( Medi-Cal and VSP ) for a single visit because Medi-Cal vision coverage is through VSP.

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