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To:                  Physicians, Hospitals and Optometrists


From:               Kathleen P. Allyn, Deputy Administrator


Effective for dates of service on or after April 1, 2004, optometrists may receive Idaho Medicaid reimbursement for corneal pachymetry, CPT code 76514.  Previously only physicians could bill for corneal pachymetry. This procedure is useful in determining which patients with elevated intraocular pressure are truly at increased risk for developing glaucoma.


The State Board of Optometry has made the determination that optometrists in the State of Idaho have the authority to perform pachymetry procedures.


If you have any questions, contact Christine Baylis at (208) 364-1891. Thank you for your continued participation in Idaho Medicaid.