AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 10 (October)

Vitrectomy Procedures with Epiretinal Membrane Stripping (October 2008)

October 2008 pages 3-5 Coding Communication:Vitrectomy Procedures with Epiretinal Membrane Stripping Vitrectomy techniques have been available for more than 25 years. As with many procedures, vitrectomy technology has improved, and surgical capabilities have been expanded. Before 2008, the technique for a pars plana approach vitrectomy for epiretinal stripping was reported with CPT code 67038, Vitrectomy, mechanical, pars plana approach; with epiretinal membrane stripping. In 2005, the American Academy of Ophthalmology surveyed the use of code 67038 and discovered that it was being used to report a family of several different surgical procedures, all involving different physician work and levels...

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