The American Academy of Ophthalmology has a long-term strategy to engage young ophthalmologists and guide them through the many stages of professional life. The Academy’s practice management arm, the American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives (AAOE) shares this commitment by providing YOs with a number of resources to demystify the business aspects of ophthalmology. AAOE membership is FREE for Academy members in training and physicians in their year of practice.
This guide is designed to help you beef up your coding skills, whatever your level of expertise. For more resources, consult the YO Info coding archive.
Introduction to Ophthalmic Coding (free with AAOE membership)
All practices, large or small, want and need to code for proper reimbursement. Developed by AAOE, this basic level course presents the fundamentals of ophthalmic coding. It provides you with a basic coding foundation so you can code correctly and effectively for the exams and services you provide.
Compliance for Ophthalmic Coding, Billing and Reimbursement (free with AAOE membership)
Develop and improve your coding compliance program and increase your defense against potential liability through this online course. The course is notably beneficial to practices who receive reimbursements from Medicare or third-party payers.
The Ophthalmic Coding Series: Essential Topics
This series walks ophthalmologists, technicians and coding staff through the what, why and how of ophthalmic coding. The most comprehensive and up-to-date training resource available for ophthalmic coding, it establishes a foundation for coding accurately, effectively and efficiently in order to avoid coding errors that can lead to penalties. The 2013 Ophthalmic Coding Series: Essential Topics book is a must-have coding tool whether you are a beginner or experienced coder/biller. It contains the nine topics that are essential for every ophthalmic practice and offers up to 9 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 9 JCAHPO Group A Credits. Topics include:
- Code This Chart
- Coding Compliance
- CPT and ICD-9
- Evaluation and Management and Eye Code Documentation
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Introduction to Ophthalmic Coding
- Major and Minor Surgical Procedures
- Testing Services
CODEquest Ophthalmic College (regional seminar)
The Academy presents this state-specific coding seminar around the country, in partnership with state ophthalmic societies. Topics for 2013 include a newly expanded two-hour session on ICD-10 and four hours highlighting the latest in coding and documentation.
The Ophthalmic Coding Series: Specialty Topics
These self-study modules give new and established coders the most comprehensive and up-to-date ophthalmic coding information available. All include examples of coding from operative reports. Protect your bottom line by ensuring you and your staff get thorough and accurate education to avoid penalties for coding errors. Modules include:
- 2013 Anterior Chamber Coding (#0120323)
- 2013 Cornea Coding (#0120324)
- 2013 Glaucoma Coding (#0120325)
- (Downloadable PDF) 2013 Neuro-Ophthalmology Coding (#0120331V)
- 2013 Oculoplastics Coding (#0120326)
- 2013 Ophthalmic Anatomy and Physiology for ICD-10 Coding (#0120327)
- 2013 Optical Dispensing Coding (#0120328)
- 2013 Pediatrics/Strabismus Coding (#0120329)
- 2013 Retina Coding (#0120330)
The Ophthalmic Coding Coach (book or online subscription updated quarterly)
A one-stop reference for getting proper payment when coding minor/major surgeries and special testing in ophthalmology. It contains detailed content on each CPT® code affecting ophthalmology.
- Associated procedures
- Correct coding initiative
- CPT codes and descriptors
- Definitions for the layperson
- Diagnosis code links
- Global periods for Medicare private payers
- HCPCS code links
- Helpful coding tips
- Modifier usage
- RVUs for the office and facility
- Site-of-service differential
- Special ophthalmic testing service codes
Saturday Coding Program during the AAOE Program of the Annual Meeting
Coding Camp and Coding SOS are intensive sessions designed to enhance participants' knowledge of appropriate coding and documentation in order to receive proper reimbursement. Separate registration is required to attend these events; they are not included in the Academy Plus course pass.
Ophthalmology Coding Update (webinar)
In these annual, 60-minute webinars, Academy and AAOE coding and health policy experts provide updates that have a financial impact an ophthalmic practice. They're conducted the first Tuesday of each new year. Learn more at www.aao.org/aaoeevents.