Codequest 2019

Coding doesn't get easier. So professionals get better. 

Saturday, March 9, Oklahoma City, OK

Samis Education Center, Rainbolt Auditorium
1200 Children’s Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
8 am - 12:15 pm 

Register Online Here (members must log in to receive reduced rate).
View/Print a registration form here.

Level Up at Codequest 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 OAO, 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 in Four Hours
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

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. 



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 LIVE 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.

Ophthalmic allied health professionals receive 4.0 Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) “A” CE Credits for completion of this course.

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

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

Who Should Attend?
Codequest 2019 is taught at an intermediate level. Ophthalmologists, practice administrators, coders and billers who are familiar with ophthalmic coding are encouraged to attend. 

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 OAO and their staff. All registration will be done through the OAO. Please note:  

  • OAO 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 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. Contact [email protected] with registration questions.  

7 - 8 am: Registration/Breakfast
8 - 9:30 am: Course
9:30 - 9:45 am: Break
9:45 am - 12:15 pm: Course 

Registration Fees

  by March 1  after March 1
OAO Member and/or Staff $320 $375
Resident or Fellow Member free free
Non-OAO Member and/or Staff $450 $475

Ophthalmologists - Join today so you and/or your staff may attend at the member rate!

Directions and Parking
The Samis Education Center is part of the OU Children's Hospital Complex, at 1200 Children's Ave in Oklahoma City. Come to the corner of N. Phillips Ave/Children's Ave and Stanton L. Young Blvd. See this map. You may park in the "event parking" garage or any of the lots where the arm has been lifted. Walk to the circle drive to enter the Children's Atrium. From there, veer right and look for signs to Codequest in the Rainbolt Auditorium of the Samis Center. 

There is no room block associated with this meeting, but a nearby hotel is Embassy Suites Oklahoma City Downtown/Medical Center.

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.  

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.