Testing: Color Vision – Ophthalmology Management
Color vision testing examines the ability to distinguish between colors, most commonly red/green but other combinations as well. Basic color vision testing, such as Ishihara plates, is part of an eye examination.
Ophthalmologists perform more extensive color vision testing for a variety of reasons, including suspicion of congenital or acquired color vision defects, vision-related optic nerve problems and monitoring high-risk medications such as Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine sulfate, Sanofi-Adventis). Now for what you need to know to obtain reimbursement.
This article answers the following questions:
- What CPT code describes color vision testing?
- Is color vision testing covered by Medicare and other payers?
- What does Medicare allow for extended color vision testing?
- What is the frequency of extended color vision testing in the Medicare program?
- What documentation is required to support this test?
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: