Codequest 2019:
Coding doesn't get easier. So professionals get better. 

TOA brings four AAO Codequest courses to educate you and your entire staff. 

Do you know what you think you know?
NEW: Dallas and Houston feature additional Core Competencies  course.

Click on city to register:

San Marcos - Saturday, January 26 - See you Next Year!
Lubbock - Friday, March 29 (9 am - 1:15 pm)
Dallas - Saturday, March 30 (8 - 11:15 am Fundamentals; 12:15 - 3:30 pm Codequest) 
Houston - Saturday, April 6 - (8 - 11:15 am Fundamentals; 12:15 - 3:30 pm Codequest) 

How to claim your CME/CEU 
Link to AAO CME Central for Codequest CME Certificate 
How to claim SACME
Post quiz for physicians claiming SACME

Level Up at CodequestTM 2019
Join the most knowledgeable coding experts in ophthalmology for a half-day of professional education and training. We’ll steer you through regulatory roadblocks and the complex maze of federal and commercial payers’ rules, arriving at solutions for appropriately maximizing all your reimbursements.

Developed by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and presented in partnership with TOA, Codequest provides unparalleled instruction relevant to all practice sizes, and each session includes valuable information specific to your region.

How You'll Benefit  

  • Acquire valuable insights for protecting your practice
  • Boost your coding performance
  • Prepare for the inevitable audit scenario
  • Learn to resolve claim denials

What You'll Cover 
Codequest’s all-new 2019 program will help you understand:

  • The most important updates of CPT, ICD-10, HCPCS, CCI, MUE, LCDs and payment changes for 2019
  • Imminent changes to E/M codes and extended/subsequent ophthalmoscopy
  • Up-to-date documentation rules for exams, tests, minor and major surgeries 
  • How to select the correct modifier for every situation. Learn how to avoid the common modifier mistakes that cause practices to lose thousands of dollars each year. 
  • How to resolve claim denials: identify the cause and implement solutions
  • Informed recommendations for coding and billing success (e.g. prior authorization, MIGS coverage, vial drug administration and more)

Codequest is the only place you’ll find these best-practice tips:

  • 30+ recommendations from successful practices
  • Prior authorization checklist – what is your form missing?
  • How to code from an operative report
  • MIGS: What’s covered, what’s not
  • Calculations for multidose vial drug administration
  • Exam and testing coverage and frequency for patients on high-risk medication
  • Billing for two surgeons in the same operative session

Core Competencies Course Information (Dallas and Houston only):

Whether new or well established in the fundamentals of coding, by the time you leave this interactive three-hour session, your core knowledge will be up to date on essential coding principles. Participants will be able to:
  • Identify and apply modifiers appropriately, in both the office and surgical setting;
  • Avoid common coding and claim submission errors which includes proper usage of advance beneficiary notice, and understanding Correct Coding Initiative edits and their impact on submitting services:
  • State the requirements and components of minor and major surgeries, as well as testing services.

Who Should Attend?
Ophthalmologists, practice administrators, coder and billers with an intermediate to advanced coding level.

Who is Eligible to Attend?
Those listed above plus optometrists employed by an ophthalmologist. Consultants and non-AAO instructors (including those employed by an ophthalmologist) may NOT attend Codequest. 

Have a specific coding conundrum? Email questions to [email protected] before the course to get customized answers to your personal coding challenges. 

Registration & Cancellation 
Codequest is a benefit provided to members of the Texas Ophthalmological Association and their employed staff. All registration will be done through the TOA. Please note: 

  • TOA members should be logged in to receive discount for self and/or staff.
  • Non-member ophthalmologists may register themselves and/or staff at the non-member rate, or apply for membership on the same registration form to receive discounts!
  • Residents/Fellows may register only themselves, no staff.
  • Consultants and non-AAO instructors (including those employed by an ophthalmologist) may NOT attend Codequest. 
  • Optometrists employed by an ophthalmologist may attend, but no optometry-specific CEUs are offered. 

Cancellations received in writing by at least 10 business days beforehand will receive a 100% refund. No refunds will be granted sooner than 10 business days before each course. Substitutions are permitted, including the day of. Contact Kate at to[email protected] or (512) 370-1504 with registration questions. 

ADA/Special Assistance
Secure appropriate auxiliary aids or services as identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in advance of the meeting. We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification of need. Contact Kate at [email protected] or (512) 370-1504 with your needs. 

Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability
The American Academy of Ophthalmology specifically disclaims any and all liability for errors in, omissions from, or use of any information provided by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, its employees, agents or representatives, including but not limited to, injuries or other damages of any kind for any and all claims that may arise out of the use of any idea, technique or method demonstrated or described in any material by any presenter and/or author, whether such claims are asserted by a physician or any other person.

All information provided by the Academy, its owners, employees, agents, or representatives who participate in the Academy’s AAOE coding services is based on information deemed to be current and reliable. The Academy does not provide legal or accounting services or advice, and the Society and the course attendees should seek legal and/or accounting advice as appropriate to them, their owners, employees, agents or representatives. Coding and reimbursement is a complicated process involving continually changing rules and the application of judgment to factual situations. The Academy does not guarantee or warrant that either public or private payers will agree with its opinions. The Academy shall not be liable to the Society and course attendees to any extent whatsoever for inadvertent errors in or omissions from any such information provided by the Academy, its employees agents or representatives. The Academy’s sole liability for providing the coding information shall be limited to the amount paid to the Academy for the coding service.

Contact Kate at [email protected] or (512) 370-1504 with questions. 


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