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Claims Processing: Optometry vs. Ophthalmology

Trusting a doctor with eye care is an important health care decision. The type of eye doctor a patient uses is largely a matter of personal preference if the eyes are healthy and don’t require specialized medical or surgical treatment. There are two types of eye doctors: optometrists and ophthalmologists. Both perform routine eye exams and are trained to detect, diagnose and manage eye diseases that require medical and non-medical treatment. Apex EDI handles both Optometry and Ophthalmology claims.

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An optometrist is an eye doctor who has earned the Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Optometrists examine eyes for both vision and health problems, and correct refractive errors by prescribing eyeglasses and contact lenses. Optometrists in the United States are also licensed to prescribe medications to treat certain eye problems and diseases. The scope of medical care that can be provided by optometrists is determined by state law.

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An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (MD) or an osteopathic doctor (DO) who specializes in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists are trained to perform eye exams, diagnose and treat disease, prescribe medications and perform eye surgery. They also write prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses. It is important to seek care from an eye doctor highly trained if you already have a medical eye problem such as glaucoma, macular degeneration or cataracts. In many cases, this means that medical or surgical eye care by a specially trained ophthalmologist is in order.

Another factor in the patient’s selection of an eye doctor is determining if he or she is an authorized provider under the vision or medical insurance plan. Most optometrists and ophthalmologists accept Medicare for older patients. However, while Medicare covers your visits to an eye doctor for medically necessary eye care, it does not cover routine eye exams. Prior to the submission of a claim, it’s helpful to verify coverage and out-of-pocket expenses for the exam.

Articles with this disclaimer may not represent the beliefs or core values of Apex EDI. The above is simply a summary taken from the industry’s general community to help readers stay up-to-date on what people are talking about.

 

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Claims Processing: Dental Claims vs. Medical Claims

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There are some similarities between preparing dental claims and medical claims. For example, patient and insurance demographics and insurance information that must be provided to medical carriers are similar.

However, there are some very significant differences between the two. While dental carriers typically require a procedure code. Medical carriers not only require procedure code(s) but also the reason why the procedure(s) were performed or the patient’s diagnosis.

Diagnoses are classified in code form in the ICD-9-CM “International Classification of Disease, Ninth Revision – Clinical Modification” manual. Without at least one diagnosis code that supports the procedure(s), the medical claim will not be paid. There must be an appropriate diagnosis to establish the medical necessity of the procedure. This is probably the most important part of successful dental-medical cross coding.

Another very significant difference between dental and medical coding systems is the time period and frequency between updates, deletions and revisions. All medical code sets update yearly and medical carriers generally offer no grace periods on using outdated codes.

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The medical claim form also has some major differences compared to the dental claim form. Most medical carriers require the CMS-1500 (08-05) claim form. Medical carriers require these preprinted, red-inked forms because these forms are the only ones that scan correctly. Hand-written claims and comments or copies are not accepted.

Apex EDI can provide the best medical electronic billing for all of your medical claims and dental claims. The main benefit to implementing a dental-medical cross-coding system is satisfied patients who recognize your willingness to help them save their dental plan allowance and access medical benefits. Grateful patients can become your most valuable marketing asset.

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Claims Processing: Medical Claims vs. Vision Care Claims

When handling claims regarding eye health, there are a few things to be aware of. For example, there are specific differences between what can be billed to a vision plan and what should be billed through medical insurance. Let’s discuss the difference between the two claims, and why eye care professionals need to know the difference.

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The Difference

Vision plans cover routine wellness exams for eye health. This means examinations for near- or farsightedness, astigmatism, and corrective lenses. Medical eye care on the other hand is for the treatment of specific medical conditions related to the eye, such as pink eye, cataracts, double vision, etc.

Why It Matters

As we discussed above, vision plans cover annual exams for eye health. When an exam reveals a condition such as pink eye, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, or another condition, the diagnosis and treatment is billed through the medical eye care insurance. A medical eye condition typically requires a more intensive treatment plan than what is covered through a run of the mill vision plan, which is why medical insurance typically steps in.

As the provider, you will want to ensure that you are billing the correct insurance in order to receive the fees you are due. Many eye care professionals bill the vision plan first, and then reach out to the medical plan if any fees have yet to be covered. It is also important to discuss the plan of action with the patient so that they are aware of how the services will be billed to their insurance and that they are aware of any fees that may accrue due to their specific plans.

The Solution

In order to ensure the best possible care for your patients and management of your optometry practice, implementation of a clearinghouse for claims billing is recommended. A clearinghouse verifies vision and medical claims before they can be sent to the payer for final submission.

Apex EDI is a user friendly and fully integratable clearinghouse that works to get you paid faster. For more information about how Apex EDI can be used to benefit your optometry practice, click here.

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