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CODEquest Coding Seminars

Learn the latest in coding and reimbursement as well as jump-start your ICD-10 conversion.

Convenient four-hour, in-depth, state-specific seminars designed to enhance participants' knowledge of appropriate coding and documentation in order to receive proper reimbursement.

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Who Should Attend?

Ophthalmologists, practice managers and administrators, billers, coders and technicians are all encouraged to attend.

Please note: CODEquest registration is only open to ophthalmologists and their employed staff.

Why Should I Attend?

  • Stay up-to-date with the constantly changing landscape of coding and documentation rules.
  • Prepare for ICD-10 implementation on Oct. 1, 2015.
  • Debunk the myth of oversimplified ICD-9 to ICD-10 crosswalks.
  • Ensure every procedure is reimbursed at the highest allowable level.
  • Respond confidently to or successfully appeal every audit.
  • Increase compliance and improve patient care by correctly documenting diagnosis and treatment every time.
  • Enhance your professional skills and qualifications.
  • Reinforce key tactics for avoiding penalties and increasing the financial bottom line.

What Does CODEquest Cover?

  • Updates for 2015! New CPT codes, important modifier 59 updates, new HCPCS modifiers, new Category III codes, impact of new fee schedule, correct coding initiative, medically unlikely edits
  • Solutions to top 20 coding conundrums that negatively impact reimbursements and trigger audits for all subspecialties
  • Examples of coding best practices across different-sized practice settings, including universities, showing practical applications of tips and recommendations
  • ICD-10-CM: An overview and advanced hands-on training to ensure your ICD-10 implementation is successful
  • Details of payers’ policies to reduce private payer claim denials
  • Guidelines to minimize fines imposed by payers and contractors (e.g., Medicare Advantage Plan and Zone Program Integrity Contractors )
  • Ways to take advantage of incentive programs and avoid penalties (PQRS, value-based payment modifier and EHR)
  • Answers to your specific questions: registrants can email questions ahead of time.

CODEquest Instructors

All instructors have the Ophthalmic Coding Specialist (OCS) designation.

Matthew Baugh, COT

Matthew Baugh, COT, OCS

Matt supervises all ophthalmic technicians at the John A. Moran Eye Center. He started his career in ophthalmology 6 years ago after receiving his Bachelors Degree from the University of Utah. Matt is currently pursuing his Masters in Health Administration. He brings his passion for patient care and clinic experience to the Academy coding team.

Elizabeth Cottle, CPC, OCS

Elizabeth Cottle CPC, OCS

Elizabeth is an associate administrator of the Casey Eye Institute at OHSU, in Portland, Oregon, responsible for department compliance activities. She is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) with a “specialty proficient” credential in ophthalmology by the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC). Elizabeth has over 30 years healthcare experience, and over 20 in ophthalmology.

Jenny Edgar CPC, CPCO, OCS

Jenny Edgar CPC, CPCO, OCS

Jenny is the Academy's coding specialist. Her 12 years of experience with coding and reimbursement includes certification as a compliance officer responsible for practice adherence with chart documentation and government relations. Jenny oversees the Academy's Chart Auditing Service and is a contributing author to the Ophthalmic Coding Coach and Ophthalmic Coding Series.

Jessica Schroeder, MPH, CPC-A

Jessica Schroeder, MPH, CPC-A, OCS

Jessica is a coding specialist at The Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins. She completed her Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration in 2010 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jessica has been at Wilmer for four of her 12 years in the healthcare setting and is responsible for reviewing all retina visits and surgical encounters. She also trains new residents and fellows in billing and documentation workflows in Epic.

Sue Vicchrilli, COT, OCS

Sue Vicchrilli, COT, OCS 

Sue is the Academy's director of coding and reimbursement. Her 30 year ophthalmic background includes all aspects of coding, reimbursement, practice management, clinic and surgical assistance. Sue is the author of EyeNet's “Savvy Coder” and AAOE's “Coding Bulletin”, the Ophthalmic Coding Coach, and the Ophthalmic Coding Series.

Joy Woodke, COE, OCS

Joy Woodke, COE, OCS

Joy is practice administrator at Oregon Eye Consultants, LLC, in Eugene, Oregon, a practice specializing in anterior segment and retina. She has over 25 years of experience in ophthalmology, which includes management, accounting and ophthalmic coding and reimbursement. She is a Certified Ophthalmic Executive (COE) and has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Healthcare Administration. She enjoys providing an administrator’s perspective to coding and reimbursement, along with the unique aspects of a retina practice. Joy also serves as the Chair of the AAOE EHR Committee.

What CODEquest Participants Are Saying

“All doctors should attend! It's our responsibility to know what's billed and make sure it corresponds with the chart. CODEquest helps us make sure that our documentation is appropriate and allows us to get paid the most for the work being done.”

Robert Innocenzi, DO,Chino, Ca.

“This was the most informative course I have ever attended in nine years of experience in ophthalmology.”

Lauren Bell,North River Ophthalmology — Tuscaloosa, AL

“In my book, CODEquest is the only go-to course for annual coding and billing updates.”

Phyllis Hilliard, COT, OCS,Stokes Regional Eye Centers — Florence, S.C.

“What a wonderful and informative meeting. Every part of the presentation was useful especially the part about ICD-10.”

Tennille McGaw,Family Eye Care of the Carolinas, Aberdeen, N.C.

CODEquest Disclaimer

Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability

All information provided by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, its employees, agents, or representatives participating in the Academy’s coding service is as current and reliable as reasonably possible.  The Academy does not provide legal or accounting services or advice. You should seek legal and/or accounting advice if appropriate to your situation. Coding is a complicated process involving continually changing rules and the application of judgment to factual situations. The Academy does not guarantee or warrant that either public or private payers will agree with the Academy’s information or recommendations. The Academy shall not be liable to you or any other party to any extent whatsoever for errors in, or omissions from any such information provided by the Academy, its employees, agents, or representatives. The Academy’s sole liability for any claim connected to its provision of coding information or services shall be limited to the amount paid by you by to the Academy for the information or coding service.

©2015 American Academy of Ophthalmology.