1. Putting the Squeeze on OCT Fees: Will reimbursement cuts blunt the growth of this versatile technology?

    Putting the Squeeze on OCT Fees: Will reimbursement cuts blunt the growth of this versatile technology?
    These days, reports of a new reimbursement cut are as common as reports on the lackluster economy. As healthcare reform pursues “affordability,” physicians know all too well that policy-makers rarely have their best interests at heart. The latest victim of the cost-cutting sword? Optical coherence tomography. Ophthalmic coding expert Riva Lee Asbell of Fort Lauderdale explains that beginning January 1, the former OCT billing code, 92135, will be eliminated completely and replaced by three new codes: 92132 for imaging of the anterior segment, 92133 for the optic nerve and 92134 for the retina. The bad news: all OCT codes are ...
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    1. However, I think physicians who have invested in a new OCT will continue to use it. Retina and glaucoma specialists will continue to use OCT as an aide in the diagnosis and monitoring of disease.
    2. The current economy and continuing Medicare reimbursement scrutiny are pushing clinicians to be more conservative in their capital equipment purchases...One of the options is the sharing of devices over multiple offices or practice locations, and a smaller, portable OCT is a perfect fit for this scenario.
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