tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2018 Issue 3

Reader Question: Billing 66982? Follow This Advice

Question: In our ASC, we are have seen some denials for our 66982 claims. Could you walk us through the proper use of this code? Georgia Subscriber Answer: The code you mention is 66982 (Extracapsular cataract removal with insertion of intraocular lens prosthesis (1-stage procedure), manual or mechanical technique (eg, irrigation and aspiration or phacoemulsification), complex, requiring devices or techniques not generally used in routine cataract surgery (eg, iris expansion device, suture support for intraocular lens, or primary posterior capsulorrhexis) or performed on patients in the amblyogenic developmental stage). Your first step is to make sure the cataract really ...

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