SynergEyes Insight covers the Billing and Coding Changes for 2017, Specialty Lenses Staff Training, November Events, and ICD-10 updates.
Insight Newsletter
October 11, 2016

Top Medical Billing and Coding Changes

By Rebecca H. Wartman, OD

On October 1, 2016, changes to ICD-10-CM coding went into effect. While all of the code changes applicable for optometry are important, a few of the major changes are discussed in this article. 

Some key highlights:
  • One major change in ICD-10-CM codes is diabetic ocular complication coding.
  • The commonly used primary open angle glaucoma codes have changed. These codes are now per eye.
  • Macular degeneration codes have also changed. These codes now indicate which eye is impacted along with the stage of the disease for each eye indicated by a new 7th character.

This article provides a good overview for eye care professionals who treat the eye conditions above.

More SynergEyes and Industry News

Fluorescein Photos of Proper and Improper UltraHealth Lens Insertion:

In order to optimize comfort with UltraHealth contact lenses, it's important that a patient insert the lenses properly. This case report shows three examples with fluorescein patterns that reflect proper and improper insertion techniques.  

If you think the fit is correct, but the patient is complaining of discomfort, and the lens shows bearing, consider observing lens insertion techniques. 


The Importance of Staff Skills in a Specialty Lens Practice

If there’s one thing that all specialty lens doctors agree on, it is this: Your staff is one of the most vital touch-points in your practice. This carries with it both responsibility and reward. Properly training staff to affect your specialty lens practice in positive ways requires commitment as well as frequent review, but the rewards far outweigh the effort.


Upcoming SynergEyes Events

Join SynergEyes at one of these upcoming events and learn more about providing advanced technology contact lenses to transform your patients' vision!

Minnesota Annual Contact Lens Symposium
November 4-5, 2016
Bloomington, MN

AAO Academy - Booth #806
November 9-12, 2016
Anaheim, CA

NCSOS Fall Congress
November 11-12, 2016
Ashville, NC

Monterey Symposium - Booth #500
November 18-20, 2016
Monterey, CA


SynergEyes Joins Campaign to Raise Funds for Optometry Giving Sight

SynergEyes is taking part in the World Sight Day Challenge to help raise funds for people in underserved communities who are needlessly blind or vision impaired simply because they cannot access an eye exam and glasses.

This year’s Challenge, which is coordinated by Optometry Giving Sight, will focus on the need for effective, sustainable eye health initiatives for children and adolescents under the banner of Our Children's Vision. The campaign will run throughout October. World Sight Day is Thursday, October 13th.


UPDATED: ICD-10 Billing Code Cheat Sheet For 2017

SynergEyes has updated the ICD-10 cheat sheet to reflect some of the most used codes for specialty contact lens practices. The new sheet reflects 2017 code changes and no longer includes the ICD-9 codes. Feel free to let us know if there are codes you use frequently that should be added to the sheet.