Level Up at CodequestTM 2020: 
The best way to protect your practice from claim denials and audits. 

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

 Click on city to register:

Lubbock - Friday, March 27
Dallas - Saturday, March 28
Houston - Saturday, April 4 
San Marcos (with Fundamentals course) - Saturday, February 1 - see you next year!


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

Thank you to Lombart for its support of Codequest

Level Up at CodequestTM 2020
Join the most knowledgeable coding experts in ophthalmology for a half-day of professional instruction in your area. We’ll map out the latest coding updates and steer you through the complex maze of payers’ rules, arriving at successful solutions for preventing claim denials and avoiding penalties.

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 state.

How You'll Benefit  

  • Boost your documentation and coding performance according to federal and commercial payer rules
  • Implement coding competencies for each specialty
  • Learn to prevent claim denials
  • Prepare for the inevitable audit scenario
  • Codequest is a great resource for helping you prepare to take the OCS exams.

What You'll Cover 
Codequest’s all-new 2020 program is the fastest way to understand this year's critical coding changes, including:

  • Implementation of the new E/M documentation guidelines
  • New cataract/glaucoma codes and criteria for extended and subsequent ophthalmoscopy
  • Important updates of CPT, ICD-10, HCPCS, CCI, MUE, LCDs and payment changes for 2020
  • Recent events impacting retina reimbursement and audit targets
  • The impact on reimbursement for CCI edit examples
  • MIPS reporting updates for 2020

Bonus - Each attendee will receive fact sheets on these valuable topics:

  • Bundling edits of testing services
  • Frequency of testing services
  • Premium IOL Dos and Don’ts for out-of-pocket expenses
  • Refractions
  • Who can document what components of the history and exam
  • A-scan and ultrasound billing
  • Cataract surgery
  • Complex cataract surgery
  • Strabismus add-on codes
  • Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Exams under anesthesia same day as surgery
  • Blepharoplasty and ptosis guide 

Fundamentals Course Information (San Marcos 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: 

  • New cataract/glaucoma codes and criteria for the new codes for extended and subsequent ophthalmoscopy
  • Additional 2020 updates: Modifier -50, ICD-10, HCPCS, CCI, MUE, LCDs and payment changes.
  • What happens to claims when you don’t follow and apply CCI edits
  • Modifier mastery, Part One 

Bonus - Each fundamentals attendee will receive fact sheets on these valuable topics: 

  • Testing bundling edits
  • Frequency of testing
  • Premium IOL Dos and Don’ts for out-of-pocket expenses
  • Refractions
  • A-scan and ultrasound billing 

Who Should Attend?
Ophthalmologists, practice administrators, technicians, scribes and billers. 

Credit Information
See pages for the courses to view specific CME/CEU information. 

Who is Eligible to Attend?
Ophthalmologists and all staff  members plus optometrists employed by an ophthalmologist. Consultants and non-AAO instructors (including those employed by an ophthalmologist) may NOT attend Codequest. 

Coding Questions?
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. 
  • Substitutions are permitted, even day of. 

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


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