Level Up: Codequest 2020 San Marcos

Saturday, February 1, 2020 - Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center

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

Fundamentals/Core Competencies: 8 am - 11:15 am
Codequest 2020: 12:15 - 3:30 pm

Hot Breakfast Buffet & Refreshments provided. Lunch for those staying all day. 

San Marcos will feature a Core Competencies course in the morning followed by the traditional Codequest Intermediate course. Here are descriptions:

Fundamentals / Core Competencies Information (morning):

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 

Codequest’s all-new 2020 program is the fastest way to understand this year's critical coding changes, including (afternoon course):

  • 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 


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.

7 - 8 am: Registration for Fundamentals/Core Competencies Course & Hot Breakfast Buffet
8 - 11:15 am: Fundamentals/Core Competencies of Coding (with 15 min break)
11:15 am - 12:15 pm: Registration for Codequest 2020 & Lunch for those staying all day
12:15 - 3:30 pm: Codequest 2020 (with 15 min break)
Registration Fees for one course only:
  by January 20 after January 20
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 January 20 after January 20
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!

The San Marcos Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center is located at 1001 E. McCarty Lane, in San Marcos, between Austin and San Antonio, Texas. (512) 392-6450. Click here for driving directions. Self parking is complimentary on the day of Codequest. 

Book your room by January 17.  We have a block of rooms at the Embassy Suites for attendees at a rate of $148/night.  To book your room, call 1-866-327-0186 or 512-392-6450 and use your group code: TOA. You can also book via this link



Important Registration Information

  • Non-member ophthalmologists may register themselves and/or staff at the non-member rate, or apply for membership 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.
  • Substitutions are permitted, even day of. 

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.

IJCAHPO CE Credits (per course)
Ophthalmic allied health professionals receive 3.0 IJCAHPO Group “A” Credits for completion of each course.

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

Maintenance of Certification: Part II Self-Assessment 
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties (“ABMS”) ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Continuing Certification Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory, Level Up at Codequest 2020: San Marcos has met the requirements as a MOC Part II Self-Assessment Activity for the following ABMS Member Boards: Ophthalmology. 

As an approved activity for MOC, the Continuing Medical Education (CME) statement provided to you by the appropriate accreditation organization and or credit system, along with the following ABMS MOC Approval statement, should be inserted or otherwise appear on print and digital education materials related to this activity. The MOC approval statement serves as a guide to diplomates submitting the approved CME/MOC activity to their Member Board(s).