SynergEyes Insight covers our most popular articles of 2016: Top Medical Billing and Coding changes, Mistakes when Billing and Coding and more.
Insight Newsletter
December 7, 2016

Top Article from 2016: 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

Top 10 Mistakes Made When Billing and Coding for Medically Necessary Lenses

Have you ever wondered, what else could you do to improve your reimbursements from insurers?

Industry expert, Clarke Newman, OD shares his advice on billing and coding of medically necessary contact lenses that includes tips for hybrid lenses too. This infographic provides excellent suggestions for you and your staff.


Keratoconus Compliance and Coding Checklist 

John Rumpakis, OD has developed a one-page checklist on how to bill and code insurance for keratoconus. Here are the first three items: 
  1. Establish and document the chief complaint in the medical record
  2. Establish appropriate medical diagnosis
  3. Establish highest level of specificity, stability and laterality in diagnosis

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!

Bronstein Contact Lens & Cornea Seminar
January 13-15, 2017
Scottsdale, AZ

Global Specialty Lens Symposium 
January 26-29, 2017
Las Vegas, NV
Booth #412

Heart of America
February 10-11, 2017
Kansas City, MO

Texas Optometric Meeting 
February 16-19, 2017
Austin, TX
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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.