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PDF File Glaucoma Surgical Coding Tips for Medicare . NTRODUCTION Glaucoma surgical coding is usually rather straightforward, but occasionally some problems occur. Although the surgical codes not as extensive as in the other ophthalm ic subspecialties, there are still some pitfalls to be avoided. MEDICARE’S GLOBAL PERIOD AND GLOBAL FEE Medicare’s global fee for ophtha lmology surgery allocates 10% of the fee for preoperative work, 70% of the fee for intraoperative work and 20% of the fee for postoperative work.