AMA CPT® Assistant - 2016 Issue 4 (April)

Surgery: Eye and Ocular Adnexa (Q&A) (April 2016)

April 2016 page 8d Surgery: Eye and Ocular Adnexa Question: Is it appropriate to report CPT code 66840, Removal of lens material; aspiration technique, 1 or more stages, when the surgeon removes lens material by irrigation, instead of aspiration as stated in the code descriptor? Answer: No, code 66840 represents a method of removing a cataract without replacing the natural lens with an intraocular lens (IOL), and the scenario described does not accurately reflect the intent of this code. Unlisted code 66999, Unlisted procedure, anterior segment of eye, should be reported instead. When reporting an unlisted code to describe...

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