tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2014 Issue 12

Reader Question: Hook in Extracapsular Cataract Removal With 66982

Question: Our ophthalmologist wants me to submit a claim for 66982, along with stretching of the pupil with iris hooks and staining of anterior capsule with vision blue dye. Are there separate codes for those services? Are they bundled? South Carolina Subscriber Answer: You can’t claim them separately, but the use of iris hooks and blue dye in the anterior chamber will help back up your use of 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...

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