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  • Defining Major Surgery in Ophthalmology

    Can you please clarify again what defines a major surgery in ophthalmology?

    For coding purposes, a major surgery is defined as a 90-day global period, and minor surgery a zero or 10-day global period.

    When factoring risk of complications and/or morbidity of mortality of patient management for evaluation and management (E/M) medical decision-making, the physician’s expertise defines minor surgery with identified patient or procedure risk factors, or elective major surgery with or without risk factors. For example, some laser procedures may have a 10-day or a 90-day global period that varies by payer but are defined as "major" surgery when considering the E/M level of risk. 

    If you missed the 2023 Fundamentals of Ophthalmic Coding Course, presented June 27 in collaboration with the Academy’s YO Committee, you can purchase the recording through Aug. 25.