New CPT code for Intraocular Telescope Surgery goes into effect

Effective July 1, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) noted the mandatory use of a new CPT level III code, 0308T, for surgery to remove the natural lens and implant an intraocular telescope.

In Transmittal 2450 to MACs and MedLearn Matters MM7854 for providers and other suppliers, the new CPT code is described as “Insertion of ocular telescope prosthesis including removal of crystalline lens”.The indications for the procedure remain unchanged – monocular implantation in advanced or end-stage macular degeneration.

Of particular note:

  • The new code is effective on July 1, 2012. The “pass-through” payment status for the intraocular telescope device (C1840) remains in effect and has not changed.
    Payment for the C1840 device code will be paired with 0308T.
  • The old C9732 (HCPCS) code for the procedure will be deleted on June 30.
  • The most likely location for the procedure remains HOPD due to the significant device costs.

As always, if you have questions about this or other topics, Corcoran Consulting Group can help. For more information, contact us at (800) 399-6565.

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