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Testing for Tear Osmolarity? – Ophthalmology Management

Increasing recognition of dry eye disease means increasing use of laboratory tests to diagnose it. Here’s what you’ll need to know to obtain reimbursement for these treatments.

This article answers the following questions:

  • What is tear osmolarity testing? When is it indicated?
  • May staff perform osmolarity testing?
  • How should we document osmolarity testing in the patient’s medical record?
  • Is this test covered by Medicare and other third-party payers?
  • How do we bill for tear osmolarity testing?
  • What are CLIA regulations and why are they important?
  • What must I do to comply with CLIA?
  • Why and when would you retest tear osmolarity?

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:

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