Hawaiian Eye Conference, Maui, Hawaii - A new CPT code, 92145, has been published specifically for the Corneal Hysteresis (CH) measurement provided by the Reichert Ocular Response Analyzer. In the 2015 CPT handbook, a new, permanent, Category I CPT code, 92145 (Corneal hysteresis determination, by air impulse stimulation, unilateral or bilateral, with interpretation and report), replaces the prior temporary, Category III CPT code, 0181T. The new code took effect January 1, 2015.
According to "An Insider’s View" published by the American Medical Association, this test achieved Category I status because the clinical utility has been established and usage has grown since 2007 when the Category III code was implemented. The code descriptor was changed slightly; it now describes a test performed on a single eye or both eyes (e.g., unilateral or bilateral).
"This change relieves a significant administrative burden for ophthalmologists and optometrists who perform corneal hysteresis and seek reimbursement for this diagnostic test. For most payers, including Medicare, Category III CPT codes are not covered while Category I codes are usually covered and reimbursed," said Kevin J. Corcoran, COE, CPC, CPMA, FNAO, president of Corcoran Consulting Group, during his presentation at the 2015 Hawaiian Eye meeting.
Corneal hysteresis is an indication of corneal biomechanical properties. Low corneal hysteresis is a glaucoma progression risk factor.
The passage of this code is a culmination of many years of effort by Reichert and researchers around the world who have helped to better understand how corneal hysteresis is clinically relevant. "Obviously we are very pleased with this news," said David Taylor, Reichert Senior Product Manager of Tonometry and Diagnostic Devices. "Corneal hysteresis provides important new information that we are confident will help improve the diagnosis of glaucoma, and ultimately help preserve patients’ vision. This CPT code will facilitate the use of this exciting technology."
Corneal hysteresis is provided only by the Ocular Response Analyzer, available from Reichert Technologies.
For more information on the Ocular Response Analyzer, contact Reichert Technologies at (716) 686-4500, toll-free in the U.S.A and Canada at 1-888-849-8955, or visit www.reichert.com/ora.
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