The reimbursement angle on aniridia – Ophthalmology Management
Aniridia is a rare condition defined as the full or partial absence of the iris. Most often it occurs as a result of a traumatic injury; less often, it is a congenital abnormality. The patient is severely handicapped due to photophobia from too much light. There is a lengthy history of treatments for aniridia, notably tinted contact lenses — the problem being that many patients are contact-lens intolerant. At the present time, the most promising treatment is an iris prosthesis or artificial iris.
The question is, how does reimbursement work?
This article addresses the following questions:
- What are the indications for an artificial iris?
- How is it implanted?
- Will Medicare cover an artificial iris and its implantation?
- What CPT code is used to report the procedure?
- How does payment work for the surgeon?
- What is the Medicare payment to the facility?
- What about the prosthetic device itself?
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: