Integrating Blended Vision into a Practice – Review of Ophthalmology
How to determine the best candidates for blended vision, and answers to related Medicare CPT code and billing questions.
This article answers the following questions:
- What is blended vision?
- Will the patient enjoy spectacle independence?
- What are the characteristics of a good candidate for blended vision?
- Are there patients who would not be good candidates for blended vision?
- What is the best approach for the surgeon to determine if a patient is a suitable candidate for blended vision?
- Are there tests performed to determine patient suitability?
- Are there other tests that may be performed in addition to the refractive tests?
- Are these tests covered by Medicare?
- If these tests are non-covered, may patients be billed for them?
- Should patients sign a waiver agreeing to the out-of-pocket expense?
- Is there a CPT code for the preoperative refractive testing?
- Am I compelled to file a claim to Medicare for the refractive tests?
- How do I determine a reasonable charge for the non-covered services associated with blended vision?
- Are these tests performed more than once?
- If the patient also requires astigmatic correction and wants a claim filed for it, is there a CPT code for this component?
This article was published in Review of Ophthalmology’s Medicare Q & A column, which is written by Corcoran’s Vice-President, Donna McCune, CCS-P, COE, CPMA. To view the entire article in Review of Ophthalmology, click on the link below: