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Need a Coding Crash Course? What to Take at the Joint Meeting
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Does your coding competence equal your coding confidence? If not, the Joint Meeting is a great place to increase your expertise. Several intensive sessions at this year’s Joint Meeting are designed to enhance participants’ knowledge of appropriate coding and documentation and ensure proper reimbursement. You can also visit the Coding Desk at the Academy Resource Center (Booth 508), to chat with AAOE experts and browse coding resources designed to help you appropriately maximize reimbursement.

Saturday, Nov. 10

Coding SOS.
Both those new to practice and YOs with some experience will benefit from this hands-on ICD-10 training for proper code selection on the most frequently submitted services for every specialty in ophthalmology. Rajiv R. Rathod, MD, MBA, and a team of Academy/AAOE coding experts will lead this lively, interactive course. Registration includes the newly published ICD-10 for Ophthalmology, plus a course workbook. (Event code 12SOS, 8 to 11 a.m.)

Coding Camp.
Michael X. Repka, MD, MBA, and Stephen A. Kamenetzky, MD, OCS, join other Academy/AAOE coding experts in presenting cases of the more challenging coding scenarios. (Event code 12CAMP, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.)

Sunday, Nov. 11

Making the Most with Modifiers. Understanding modifiers and their appropriate use impacts reimbursement significantly. This course will walk participants through some common scenarios to help them understand the concepts of modifiers and apply this understanding in their practices. (Event code 210, Room S504D, 2 to 3 p.m.)

Coding and Reimbursement for Ophthalmic Diagnostic Testing.
Coding and billing for diagnostic testing is a major part of an ophthalmic practice in general, but more so in some of the subspecialties such as retina, cornea and glaucoma. Many practices are not sufficiently aware of Medicare’s regulations that guide the reimbursement of these tests. This course will provide the details for each diagnostic test identified in Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) with a Level I or Category III code. The presentation will include documentation requirements, unilateral versus bilateral payment, recognition of which tests can be billed together on the same day, diagnosis coverage and supervision rules. (Event code 244, Room S504BC, 3:15 to 5:30 p.m.)

Surgery Billing Made Easy for All Specialties.
Most of the revenue generated by the ophthalmic practice is from surgery. Accurate surgery coding and understanding of the various rules is essential. Attendees will learn the various aspects of surgical coding and how to access the necessary tools in order to be reimbursed correctly. (Event code 246, Room S501ABCD, 3:15 to 5:30 p.m.)

Monday, Nov. 12

Coding Odyssey.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to (1) identify changes to CPT and the significant changes to ICD-9, (2) discover the most common coding errors that result in poor audit outcome and loss of revenue, (3) understand the latest changes to e-prescribing and (4) recognize ICD-10 implementation timelines. (Event code 323, Room S502B, 9 to 10 a.m.)

When to Use E&M and When to Use Eye Codes. End the confusion about when to use which code for your office visits. This course will present typical patient encounters and proper code selection to assist the ophthalmic practice in appropriately maximizing reimbursement. (Event code 259, Room S504BC, 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

Comprehensive Cataract Coding. What are (or are there) visual acuity requirements? What makes cataract surgery complex? What is the impact of Correct Coding Initiative edits when multiple procedures are performed during the same session? This course will help end the confusion about pre-, intra- and postoperative care for the number one surgery performed in the United States. (Event code 428, Room S501D, 3:15 to 5:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Steps for Successful Retina Coding.
The revenue cycle of the retina practice can be quite complex. Multiple factors impact a successful practice. This course will teach attendees what impacts their reimbursement the most and how to apply tools for success in their own practices. (Event code 564, Room S504A, 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.)

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About the author: Sue Vicchrilli, COT, OCS, is the Academy’s coding executive and the author of EyeNet’s “Savvy Coder” column and AAOE's Coding Bulletin, Ophthalmic Coding Coach and the Ophthalmic Coding series.

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