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State specific seminars designed to help you jump-start your ICD-10 conversion.


CODEquest 2014: Conquering ICD-10-CM

Take advantage of these convenient state specific seminars designed to enhance participants' knowledge of appropriate coding and documentation in order to receive proper reimbursement.


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Jump-Start Your ICD-10 Conversion with CODEquest


NOTE: The Academy’s CODEquest team is currently working with each state society to develop a training strategy in response to the newly delayed October 2015 ICD-10 implementation deadline. The Academy and participating state societies will contact practices with additional information as soon as plans are finalized.


On Oct. 1, 2015, the biggest change to health care coding in more than 30 years — ICD-10-CM — goes into effect. Worried? Don’t be. CODEquest holds the key to conquering ICD-10. CODEquest can help you transition to ICD-10 smoothly and easily.

CODEquest 2014 is a four hour state- and ophthalmology-specific coding seminar. CODEquest’s experienced instructors will show you how to attack every code and solve any coding conundrum in a systematic, logical way. If you want to be an effective and efficient coder, look no further than CODEquest, the premier coding seminar in ophthalmology.

Who should attend CODEquest?

Ophthalmologists, practice managers and administrators, biller and coders.


What CODEquest Attendance Means for You

CODEquest teaches you everything you need to know to:

  • Prepare for ICD-10
  • Ensure every procedure is reimbursed at the highest allowable level
  • Confidently respond to or successfully appeal every audit
  • Increase compliance and improve patient care by correctly documenting diagnosis and treatment
  • Enhance employment skills and qualifications
  • Reinforce key tactics for avoiding penalties and increasing the bottom line

Prepare for ICD-10-CM in Just Four Hours

CODEquest simplifies the new ICD-10 rules.

  • Cross-walk from ICD-9 to ICD-10
  • Identify similarities between to ICD-9 and ICD-10
  • Determine how to code the most commonly reported codes with the aid of decision trees
  • Learn to use ICD-10 in a logical step-by-step way to increase coding efficiency

CODEquest translates ICD-10 jargon into plain English.

  • Understand ICD-10 terminology
  • Decode the numbers and letters that make up ICD-10

CODEquest shows how ICD-10 works through real-life case studies.

  • Practice selecting ICD-10 codes for different types of conditions, especially challenging cases, and those involving systemic diseases

CODEquest outlines the roles and responsibilities of key personnel for successful ICD-10 implementation.

  • Clarify roles of administrators, technicians, coders and billers
  • Find out what physicians can’t delegate


2014 Learning Objectives, Schedule & Registration

While the physician is ultimately responsible for CPT and diagnosis code selection, each member of the ophthalmic team plays a vital part in coding and documentation of the medical record. CODEquest 2014: Conquering ICD-10-CM is designed to assist the ophthalmic team to appropriately code for proper reimbursement.

View Learning Objectives & Schedule

NOTE: If you registered through the Academy for a CODEquest program and have questions about your registration, email registration@aao.org.


CODEquest Instructors Help You Ace Every Coding Challenge

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.

Sue Vicchrilli, COT, OCS, Academy Coding Executive 

Sue's 30 year ophthalmic background includes all aspects of coding, reimbursement, practice management, clinic and surgical assistance. Sue is the Academy's coding executive, 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 is the practice administrator at Oregon Eye Consultants, LLC, in Eugene, Oregon, a four physician practice specializing in anterior segment, retina and cornea. Joy has over 20 years experience in ophthalmology, which includes 16 years in management, and over 20 years in accounting and ophthalmic coding and billing. She is a Certified Ophthalmic Executive (COE) that enjoys providing an administrator’s perspective to coding and billing, along with the unique aspects of a retina practice.

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


Accreditation Statement

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

JCAHPO CE Credits

Ophthalmic allied health professionals receive 4.0 JCAHPO “A” CE Credits for completion of this course.*

AAPC CE Units

This program has prior approval from the American Academy of Professional Coders for 4 Continuing Education Units.* Granting of this approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the Academy of the program, content or the program sponsor.


*Unless otherwise specified

Why Attendees Return Year After Year

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.