MAY 15, 2018
Coding Low- and High-Risk Glaucoma Suspect
Question: Our LCD policy no longer allows for glaucoma suspect unspecified. It only allows for low or high risk. How do we determine the appropriate code?
Answer: The physician will determine if the patient is low- or high-risk. This is included on the ICD-10 quick reference guide for glaucoma codes.
Risk Factors for OAG Suspect Codes:
- African American or Hispanic race
- Family history of glaucoma in first-degree relative
- Thin central corneal thickness
- High IOP
- Pseudoexfoliation or pigment dispersion syndrome
≥ 3 risk factors = high risk
≤ 2 risk factors = low risk
Learn more about coding diagnoses in ICD-10-CM for Ophthalmology: The Complete Reference.