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Coding Articles

EyeCOR's experienced staff has written a number of technical articles and presentations on important medical coding and reimbursement topics, shown below. As a service to all doctors and their staff, we have made these articles available to everyone. You do not have to be an EyeCOR client. Select any of the topics to forward your request for the full publication.
Review the tabs above for vital information on compliance, increased reimbursement and avoiding audits.

Exam Audits - More frequent and expensive

All insurance companies have significantly increased their audits. One of the major reasons is the average penalty for a negative insurance audit is between $100,000 and $200,000! When you do the math, with only ten audits they make $1,500,000! With the number of practices the insurance companies audit, this results in more money than can be obtained in fee cuts!


We realize there is much confusion for doctors regarding the dilation requirement. One of the major reasons for the confusion is the description for Comprehensive Eye Examinations in the AMA Professional Edition CPT manual. It states that a comprehensive eye exam “often includes, mydriasis” (dilation). Many doctors interpret this as dilation is not required.

Interpretation and Report

Over 30 Ophthalmic procedures require an Interpretation and Report. However, 80% of doctors either do not complete a report or do not create it properly. Many doctors consider these optional, but they are required. This document details the requirement, how to create the report and what not to do. We also explain the very expensive ramifications of when you do not create a report.


Provides new information about why you should avoid using the -59 modifier.  CMS and all payers are looking more carefully at the use of the -59 modifier claims.  There are new modifiers that should be used instead of the -59 modifier when appropriate.


MIPS - CMS is getting Serious

Because of the complexity and the fact systems did not correctly select PQRS and MU reporting options, most practices have not reported correctly. With the relatively low penalties, this was not a major issue.
Starting January 2017, CMS has significantly changed the rules with the implementation of Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). It combines more reporting, much higher financial penalties (4% to 9%) and possible removal from the panel - No More Medicare billing.
The high penalties and threat of being removed for the CMS panel are too severe. As a practitioner, you no longer have an option of not reporting.
This article has the information you need for MIPS.

ICD-10 is Here

ICD-10 has been implemented. Many Practice Management EHR Systems still do not have all the new ICD-10 codes! Many other systems only have limited codes. Using the ICD-10 manuals take considerable time in determining the correct code and can result in incorrect coding. This article explains in detail how to get the ICD-10 codes and more importantly; the correct ones and instantly.

Choosing the Appropriate Exam Type

Provides detailed information about choosing the proper Exam type and how to Code Properly. Both the Ophthalmic (92xxx) and Evaluation and Management (992xx) exams are explained.

Glaucoma Severity Effects Frequency of Procedures

Many Ophthalmic procedures were previously allowed to be performed as many as four times per year for patients with Advanced Glaucoma damage. Now CMS has restricted and in some cases eliminated certain procedures from being performed depending on the severity level of the patient. This article identifies affected procedures as well as details the Medicare definition of the various severity levels. It is important to note that the new ICD-10 codes for several Glaucoma codes contain the severity.

Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)

EyeCOR has always contained and identified which diagnosis and Exams PQRS applies to. Unfortunately, most practices are not reporting. When PQRS reporting becomes mandatory and you do not report, you will loose a significant percentage of your reimbursement. There has been significant changes in PQRS reporting. This article explains the new changes, how to report and why you should start now.

Meaningful Use Audits

Many practices have applied for or received incentive payments for Meaningful Use. CMS has begun audits on practices that have received incentive payments. More practices have failed these audits than passed! Those practices have paid more in penalties than they received in payments! The current process is that the incentive payment is made with a cursory look at the attestation. CMS has hired a law firm to review the Meaningful Use attestation only after the incentive payment has been made. For more information concerning Meaningful Use and your options, we have created a White Paper.