AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2013 Issue 4; Volume 3 New/Revised ICD-9-CM Codes

Epiretinal Visual Prosthesis

Effective October 1, 2013, three new procedure codes have been created for the implantation (14.81), removal (14.82) and revision or replacement (14.83) of an epiretinal visual prosthesis. The epiretinal visual prosthesis is an implant that is used to partially restore vision by providing electrical stimulation of the retina to induce visual perception in patients with severe to profound retinitis pigmentosa. A miniature video camera housed in the patient’s glasses captures a video image. The video is sent to a small patient-worn computer which processes the video and transforms it into instructions that are sent back...

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