Thanks for your reply. I thought of this one too, but I did some research on that and found an article from Ophthalmology Coding Alert, October 2004 that said otherwise. It states "Reporting 66982 just because of surgical complications could land you in deep trouble" and "Addressing complications during surgery does not make a cataract extraction complex". It goes on to say that you can't just use 66982 just because you had to do a vitrectomy, even though thats a technique you wouldn't normally use, you performed it because of a complication. A true complex cataract extraction has to be prompted by a pre-existing problem that requires something additional you have to do.
If the above is true, then how am I supposed to end up billing this? Any other thoughts on this?
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