Attend with your Team: Codequest 2019 Houston

Saturday, April 6, 2019 - Norris Conference Center, Houston/City Centre

Do you know what you think you know? Come to one or both courses!:

Fundamentals/Core Competencies of Coding: 8 am - 11:15 am
Codequest 2019: 12:15 - 3:30 pm
Box lunch for those staying all day. 

Register Online (members should log in first to receive discounts)
or View/Print a registration form. 
The Norris Conference Center is located on the west side of Houston near the intersection of I-10 and Loop 8, at 816 Town and Country Blvd, Houston, TX 77024. (713) 590-0950. Map and detailed directions here.  The parking garage attached to the Center offers free self parking on levels 2, 3, and 4. The entrance to Codequest in the Red Oak Ballroom is level 3.
We do not have a block of rooms reserved for this meeting, but the Hotel Sorella is connected to the conference center via sky walk. 

Important Registration Information

  • Non-member ophthalmologists may register themselves and/or staff at the non-member rate, or join at the same time to receive discounts.
  • Residents/Fellows may register only themselves, no staff.
  • Consultants and non-Academy coding instructors (including those employed by an ophthalmologist), may NOT attend Codequest. 
  • Optometrists employed by an ophthalmologist may attend, but note that no optometry-specific CEUs are offered.


Sue Vicchrilli, COT, OCS, OCSR is the Academy’s director of coding and reimbursement. Her experience in ophthalmology includes coding, reimbursement, practice management and clinical and surgical assistance. She is the content director for the Academy's entire line of coding products. 


John Haley, MD, OCS
has been in practice in Garland, Texas since 1976 and is immediate past president of the TOA. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has been chairman of the TOA Third Party Liaison Committee for over 25 years and represents TOA on the Medicare Contractor Advisory Committee. Dr Haley serves on the Academy CPT Committee and has been on the Academy Health Policy Committee since its inception. We are fortunate to have this physician's perspective at Codequest.

7 - 8 am: Registration for Fundamentals/Core Competencies Course & Continental Breakfast
8 - 11:15 am: Fundamentals/Core Competencies of Coding (with 15 min break)
11:15 am - 12:15 pm: Registration for Codequest 2019 & Lunch for those staying all day
12:15 - 3:30 pm: Codequest 2019 (with 15 min break)
Registration Fees for one course only:
  by March 25 after March 25
TOA Member and/or Staff $295  $350
Resident or Fellow Free!  Free!
Non-Member MD and/or Staff  $395  $450


SAVE with Registration for both courses: 

  by March 25 after March 25
TOA Member and/or Staff $450  $500
Resident or Fellow Free!  Free!
Non-Member MD and/or Staff  $550  $600
Ophthalmologists - Join along with registration so you and/or your staff may attend at the member rate!
Course Descriptions: 

Fundamentals/Core Comptencies of Coding Course Information:

  • 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.

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

Credit Information

Accreditation Statement
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement (per course)
The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this LIVE activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (per course). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

JCAHPO CE Credits (per course)
Ophthalmic allied health professionals receive 3.0 Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) “A” CE Credits for completion of each course.

AAPC Certificate 
AAPC members get instructions to download a certificate of completion at the end of the course.