You Can't Afford to Miss CodequestTM 2021: 

Codequest: The Best Way to Protect Your Practice from Claim Denials and Audits.

CodequestTM 2021
Join the most knowledgeable coding experts in ophthalmology for four hours of professional coding education vital to your success as we emerge from the pandemic. We’ll map out the latest coding updates, review key competencies, test your knowledge of new E/M requirements (the first changes in 25 years), and steer you towards successful solutions for preventing claim denials.
Developed by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and presented in partnership with TOA, CodequestTM provides unparalleled instruction for practices of every size. 

What You'll Learn in Four Hours in 2021's All New Program:
  • Test Your Knowledge of 2021 E/M Documentation Requirements
  • Answer Definitively When to Submit a E/M vs. Eye Visit Code
  • CPT, ICD-10 and CCI Bundling and Telemedicine Updates
  • Audience Auditor: What Would you Submit?
  • To Bill or Not to Bill: What is Billable to the Payer or the Patient?
  • Modifier Mastery Challenge: The Impact on Claim Payment or Denial
  • Business Office Outcomes: Is Your A/R Working For or Against You?

Each Attendee Will Receive Fact Sheets on These Topics...: 

  • Final Determination Table for Medical Decision Making
  • Answers to New E/M Documentation Guidelines
  • Eye Visit Codes
  • Billing for Biometry
  • Coding for Functional and Cosmetic Botox Injections
  • Coding for Blepharoplasty
  • Coding for Blepharoptosis Repair
  • Accounts Receivable Best Practice Tips
  • Prior Authorization Checklist and Guidelines
  • Refraction
  • Modifier Quick Reference Guide
  • Surgery Modifiers Resource
  • Office Visit Modifiers
  • How to Bill for NPPs: Opticians, Orthoptists, Technicians and Scribes

And These Topics - Currently Hot Audit Targets:

  • What is Billable in Traditional Cataract Surgery
  • Photodynamic Therapy Laser
  • Intravitreal Injection
  • Drug Injection Vulnerabilities


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, including the Ophthalmic Coding Specialist Retina Exam, and recipient of the Academy's Achievement Award and IJCAHPO Statesmanship Award.




John Haley, MD, OCS has been in practice in Garland, Texas since 1976 and is a 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.

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

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

Houston Registration Fees  early bird (Sept. 27)  after early bird
TOA Member and/or Staff $275  $325
Resident or Fellow Free!  Free!
Non-Member physician and/or Staff  $350  $375

 Ophthalmologists - join during registration so you and/or your staff may attend at the member rate!

Who Should Participate?

Ophthalmologists, practice administrators, technicians, scribes, compliance and coders and billers. 

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

  • TOA members must 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 others.
  • This course is NOT appropriate for non-Academy coding instructors or consultants, even those employed by an ophthalmologist. 
  • 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. Contact [email protected] 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. Email Rachael at [email protected] with your needs. 

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
The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this educational activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

4 hours of Category A  IJCAHPO credit. 

AAPC Credits
AAPC will honor 1-for-1 CEUs for any live event offering CME credit or AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Please note that no optometry-specific continuing education is offered.

Claiming your credits:
CME - Instructions on obtaining CME credits will be included in the course workbook. 

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.