The American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives® (AAOE), the practice management partner of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) are partners in offering the Ophthalmic Coding Specialist™ (OCS) Exam. The on-line test consists of 100 multiple choice questions focusing on all aspects of coding for ophthalmology. Participants have 10 working days (14 days total) to complete the exam. A score of 80 percent must be achieved to pass the exam. No continuing credits are required. Participants must retest every three years to assure coding accuracy.
Those who pass the exam are encouraged to add the credentials OCS after their name.
Exam price: $175 for new/renewing or retakes.
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The exam includes questions on the following 19 content areas. Each area is represented in the 100 question exam. The following resources will help you prepare:
Attend courses: AAOE’s CODEquest Ophthalmic Coding College, AAOE’s Coding Camp, and others offered at the Academy’s and JCAHPO’s Annual Meetings.
Consult the Ophthalmic Coding Coach as a reference book.
Visit AAOE’s Coding Tools webpage.
Anyone working in ophthalmology will benefit from taking the exam:
The OCS Exam has been awarded 4 JCAHPO “Group A”CE credits.
In our practice, becoming an Ophthalmic Coding Specialist (OCS) is a point of enormous professional pride. The value to the practice is far-reaching, as knowledge of Academy-approved coding practices is one of the foundations of healthy revenue cycle management. Anyone who cares about the business of ophthalmology should take the OCS exam!Julia Lee, JD, OCS,Executive DirectorOphthalmic Partners of Pennsylvania, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.
I am so proud of getting my OCS designation that I include ‘OCS’ after ‘MD.’ In these days of increased government scrutiny and audits, taking the OCS exam should be as important as the maintenance of board certification. We (Eye M.D.s) can no longer expect that someone else in our offices will be responsible for knowing how to code properly. We are responsible for coding and it’s us who’ll pay the price with RAC and other audits if we’re not careful. Order the modules, take the test along with others from your office and stay on the cutting edge of ophthalmology. It’s unfortunately not all about surgery anymore.Jeffrey Whitman,M.D.Dallas, Texas