• Global Period of a YAG

    Question: What is the global period for a YAG?

    Answer: There are many type of YAG laser procedures, which are based on the diagnosis of the patient. Be sure to verify what the surgeon is treating.

    For example, CPT code 66821 YAG Capsulotomy for a secondary membrane has a 90-day global period, making it a major surgery. However, CPT code 66761 Laser Peripheral iridotomy for glaucoma, has a 10-day global period for many payers, which means it’s a minor surgery. 

    Learn more about YAG lasers in the Coding Coach.