by Christine Woolstenhulme, QCC, QMCS, CPC, CMRS
August 10th, 2016
The code for complex cataract surgery (CPT code 66982) is intended to differentiate the extraordinary work performed during the intraoperative or postoperative periods in a subset of cataract operations including, and not limited to, the following:
- A miotic pupil which will not dilate sufficiently to allow adequate visualization of the lens in the posterior chamber of the eye and which requires the insertion of four (4) iris retractors through four (4) additional incisions, Beechler or similar expansion device, a sector iridectomy with subsequent suture repair of iris sphincter, synechialysis utilizing papillary stretch maneuvers or sphincterotomies created with scissors.
- The presence of a disease state that produces lens support structures that are abnormally weak or absent. This requires the need to support the lens implant with permanent intraocular sutures and/or a capsular support ring (approved by the FDA) may be necessary to allow placement of an intraocular lens.
- Pediatric cataract surgery may be more difficult intraoperatively because of an anterior capsule which is more difficult to tear, cortex which is more difficult to remove, and the need for a primary posterior capsulotomy or capsulorhexis. Furthermore, there is additional postoperative work associated with pediatric cataract surgery.
- Extraordinary work may occur during the postoperative period. This is the case with pediatric cases mentioned above and very rarely when there is extreme postoperative inflammation and pain.
– LCD Cataract Extraction (L33558)