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Cataract surgeons get a new code – Ophthalmology Management

New codes are always of interest, but they also present challenges. The new Category III CPT code for intraoperatively aligning the visual axis is no exception.

This article addresses the following questions:

  • What is intraoperative visual axis identification using patient fixation?
  • How is it performed?
  • How is this coded?
  • Does Medicare cover this?
  • Is the patient financially responsible for any part of this service?
  • If coverage is uncertain or doubtful, how should the surgeon proceed?

This article was published in Ophthalmology Management’s Coding & Reimbursement column, which is written by Corcoran’s Executive Vice-President, Suzanne Corcoran, COE. To view the entire article in Ophthalmology Management, click on the link below:;-reimbursement

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