• New Tear in Global Period

    Question: The surgeon performed CPT code 67145 Prophylaxis of retinal detachment (eg, retinal break, lattice degeneration) without drainage, one or more sessions; photocoagulation due to a tear. During the postoperative period, the patient returned with a new unrelated tear requiring the surgical procedure. Can we bill for the second laser?

    Answer: Submit 67145 -79 -LT as the second procedure is unrelated to the reason the patient is in the global period. Include the new location in box 19. The payer may still request documentation.

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