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Telemedicine Coding Basics – Ophthalmology Management

Many people have difficulty accessing appropriate eye care because of illness or infirmity, or because of transportation or distance problems. Ophthalmic telemedicine holds hope for these patients — but it also holds some coding challenges for eyecare providers. This month, I’ll discuss the basics you should know.

This article answers the following questions:

  • What is telemedicine?
  • Are there CPT codes for ophthalmic telemedicine?
  • What is the difference between these codes?
  • Who uses these codes?
  • Does Medicare cover these services?
  • Are there any coding bundles or other limitations?
  • Must a physician be present while these tests are being performed?
  • What is the reimbursement for these codes?

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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