The Ophthalmic Coding Specialist exam is a 100-question, multi-choice assessment that covers all aspects of coding for ophthalmology.
- New in April 2018, the Academy will begin offering the Ophthalmic Coding Specialist Retina exam, the first and only one of its kind.
- Participants who successfully pass each exam can use the applicable credential (OCS and/or OCR).
Exam Partnership Change
Starting April 2, the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology will no longer sell and administer the Ophthalmic Coding Specialist exam. The Academy will begin offering OCS exams from aao.org/store at that time. IJCAHPO will no longer offer CE credits for completing the exam.
- Feb. 14 is the last day to purchase the exam from IJCAHPO. Complete all exams by Feb. 28.
- March transition period: no exams offered. Those scheduled to renew in March will receive an extension to take the exam in April.
- New exams available in April at aao.org/store. Certificate and credential use remain the same.
How the OCS Exams Work
- New: In April, take the original exam, the new retina-specific exam or both.
- Both tests allow 10 working days for you to complete the online exam.
- A score of 80 percent must be achieved to pass the exam.
- Continuing education credits are not offered.
- Retesting is required every three years to assure coding accuracy.
Exam pricing (new/renewing/retakes)
$199 — Member: Ophthalmologists, their clinical staff and IJCAHPO-certified personnel.
$349 — Nonmember: Consultants, industry representatives and those not working for a clinic.
Why Take the Exam
- Confirm that your coding knowledge is up to date and you are keeping up with constantly changing codes.
- Expand your knowledge and enhance your understanding; test your skills against an exam designed by national experts.
- Receive national professional recognition; be recognized for your expertise and proficiency. Those who pass the exam are encouraged to add the credentials OCS and/or OCSR after their name.
- Enhance the financial health of your practice; turn clinical services to practice income and stay in compliance.
- Improve your career qualifications; demonstrate mastery of coding and be more competitive in the job market.
Resources to Help You Prepare
Just like real life coding, the Ophthalmic Coding Specialist Exam is open book. The following resources will help you prepare. The following resources will help you prepare:
Take a Practice Test for Coding Competency
Our interactive practice test includes a question from each of the 12 categories of the Ophthalmic Coding Special exam.
Attend courses: AAOE’s Codequest coding courses and other sessions offered at the Academy’s and IJCAHPO’s annual meetings.
Consult Academy reference books:
Review 2018 CPT, ICD-10 and HCPCS books
The following online 1-hour courses offer the flexibility to learn accurate coding and documentation at your own pace from the comfort of your home or office.