New Orleans legend Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong was once asked to explain jazz. His response—“If you have to ask what it is, you’ll never know”—suggests that, in another life, he might have been head of communications at a carrier’s claims department. Fortunately, you can take the mystery out of coding by attending some of this year’s events:
ON SATURDAY. AAOE Coding Camp: A Workshop to Appropriately Maximize Reimbursement—8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with breakfast from 7 to 8 a.m. Learn how to code for exams, consultations, special testing services and both major and minor surgical procedures. Instruction will be at the intermediate level and will be provided by Sue J. Vicchrilli, COT, OCS, Byrd Evans, OCS, Stephen A. Kamenetzky, MD, OCS, and Michael X. Repka, MD. Coding Camp is offered in collaboration with the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology. (Unlike the courses listed below, you can register for Coding Camp without being registered for the Annual Meeting. Go to the Onsite Registration desks in Hall E; registration is $365.)
ON SUNDAY. Ambulatory Surgery Center Billing and Reimbursement—2 to 3 p.m. (The instructor for course 213 is Sara Burns Rapuano, MBA, OCS, and tickets cost $35.)
The Physician’s Quality Reporting Initiative: Real-Life Application—2 to 4:15 p.m. (Course 229; Sue J. Vicchrilli, COT, OCS; $70.)
The ABCs of RVUs—3:15 to 4:15 p.m. (Course 244; Derek A. Preece, MBA; $35.)
Common Coding Errors: A Panel Discussion—4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (No ticket is needed for this interactive workshop, which will take place in Room 393; seating will be limited.)
ON MONDAY. Introduction to Ophthalmic Coding—9 to 11:15 a.m. (Course 361; Byrd Evans, OCS; $70.)
Making the Most With Modifiers—10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Course 390; L. Neal Freeman, MD, MBA; $70.)
Medical and Surgical Retina Coding: From Angiotherapy to Vitrectomy and Every Case in Between—2 to 4:15 p.m. (Course 435; George A. Williams, MD; $70.)
The Anatomy of Surgical Coding—4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (Course 478; Nancy Faires, OCS; $35.)
ON TUESDAY. When to Use E&M and When to Use Eye Codes—9 to 11:15 a.m. (Course 562; Sue J. Vicchrilli, COT, OCS; $70.)
Coding the Common and the Complex—11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Course 611; Gordon E. Johns, MD; $35.)
IN YOUR STATE. CodeQuest—throughout the year, the AAOE combines with state societies to provide state-specific seminars. Pick up a list of upcoming seminars from the Coding Questions desk or visit www.aao.org/codequest.
NEED CODING ASSISTANCE? Visit the Coding Questions desk at the Academy Resource Center (Hall G, Booth # 2939) to chat with AAOE experts—such as Stephen A. Kamenetzky, MD, OCS, Sue J. Vicchrilli, COT, OCS, John Haley, MD, and Byrd Evans, OCS—and to explore resources, like 2008 Code This Case, 2008 Ophthalmic Coding Coach (both a book and a CD-ROM).