JAN 23, 2018
Dye Usage in Cataract Surgery
Question: I see conflicting language regarding the usage of Trypan Blue when billing complex surgery for a mature cataract. Can you confirm whether or not it meets the criteria for complex cataract surgery?
Answer: Remember that one rule does not apply to all payers; you must verify with each payer. For Medicare Part B, all LCD policies or articles that include complex cataract surgery indicate that, when a mature cataract requires dye, you can submit the surgery as complex.
Learn more about cataract surgery billing in the 1-Hour Coding Course: Complete Guide to Documenting and Coding Cataract Surgery.