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  • External Surgeon Using Laser

    Question:  A physician outside of our practice asked to use our laser to perform selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) on her patients. Although we have reached out to our malpractice carrier for potential concerns, are there billing issues that need addressed?

    Answer: For this arrangement you will want to create a rental agreement for the use of your laser. This should be a fixed fee that is fair market value and reviewed for any anti-kickback or Stark Law violations, preferably by an attorney. The external physician should update credentialing with the new place of service, your office address, to submit for the laser. Lasers do not have a technical and professional component, so the external physician is who would bill the CPT code.