Implementing TearLab

"Tear osmolarity testing is an essential component of my dry eye evaluations. It is part of the standard operating protocol for any patient who has dry eye symptomatology. Clinically, it often provides me a snapshot to the severity of their disease process even before I walk into the room."

Elizabeth Yeu, MD - Virginia Eye Consultants

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IMPLEMENTING TEARLAB

Testing

The Decision to Incorporate Osmolarity Testing

"Our practice was looking for a progressive, quantitative method to diagnose and follow the progression of DED. Tear osmolarity testing offered a solution to both of these needs"

Roberto Conte - Business Manager at Eye Doctors of Washington

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Improve care and efficiency

"The biggest obstacle was the added time spent with each patient. My team worked closely with our doctors and TearLab staff to reduce time, assess results and begin treatment regimens in a timely fashion. By using a dry eye questionnaire and having our staff initiate tear osmolarity testing, we’ve actually reduced physician time with patients while improving patient care."

Tom Burke - CEO of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island


The importance of a dry eye questionnaire and osmolarity testing protocol

"When our practice implemented electronic health records, we were able to customize the questionnaire and build it into our electronic system, making it easy for staff to use and follow documentation protocols."

Candace S. Simerson, CMPE, COE - President and COO of Minnesota Eye Consultants

Balancing unit numbers with patient numbers

"We have 36 exam lanes at our main location and another 19 lanes combined across our satellite sites. The most significant challenge we faced was ensuring we had enough units to accommodate our clinic flow, accommodating 300 to 400 patients daily across all locations."

Karen J. Spencer - CEO of Virginia Eye Consultants


Share the vision through staff training

"There’s a concept in management of “share the vision, not the task” and that very much applies here. The key to success is teaching the entire staff what we’re doing and why, which in turn helps ensure consistent execution. Beyond that, they need to understand the technical aspects of the test, the clinical protocol we follow."

Mark Rosenberg - Executive Director at Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center

U.S. reimbursement

TearLab is a laboratory test.

The TearLab Osmolarity System is an in vitro laboratory device and, as such, testing for Medicare patients is billed under the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule. Unlike the Physician Fee Schedule, Medicare patient co-payments or deductibles do not apply to services billed under the laboratory fee schedule, covered services are 100% reimbursed.

More on reimbursement Reimbursement FAQs

*CPT is a copyright and registered trademark of the American Medical Association (AMA).

What is CPT* Code 83861?

83861, Microfluidic analysis utilizing an integrated collection and analysis device, tear osmolarity.

What fee schedule is 83861 paid from?

83861 is paid from the Medicare Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS), not the Physician Fee Schedule.

Is Tearlab's Tear Osmolarity Test described in 83861?

Yes.

reimbursement canada

TearLab is a laboratory test.

The TearLab Osmolarity System is an in vitro laboratory device and, as such, testing for Medicare patients is billed under the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule. Unlike the Physician Fee Schedule, Medicare patient co-payments or deductibles do not apply to services billed under the laboratory fee schedule, covered services are 100% reimbursed.

More on reimbursement Reimbursement FAQs

*CPT is a copyright and registered trademark of the American Medical Association (AMA).

What is CPT* Code 83861?

83861, Microfluidic analysis utilizing an integrated collection and analysis device, tear osmolarity.

What fee schedule is 83861 paid from?

83861 is paid from the Medicare Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS), not the Physician Fee Schedule.

Is Tearlab's Tear Osmolarity Test described in 83861?

Yes.

reimbursement rest of the world

TearLab is a laboratory test.

The TearLab Osmolarity System is an in vitro laboratory device and, as such, testing for Medicare patients is billed under the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule. Unlike the Physician Fee Schedule, Medicare patient co-payments or deductibles do not apply to services billed under the laboratory fee schedule, covered services are 100% reimbursed.

More on reimbursement Reimbursement FAQs

*CPT is a copyright and registered trademark of the American Medical Association (AMA).

What is CPT* Code 83861?

83861, Microfluidic analysis utilizing an integrated collection and analysis device, tear osmolarity.

What fee schedule is 83861 paid from?

83861 is paid from the Medicare Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS), not the Physician Fee Schedule.

Is Tearlab's Tear Osmolarity Test described in 83861?

Yes.

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