Median Optometrist Salaries Nationwide

One of the very best strategies to increase revenue per patient is add more medical patients and optimize your compliance and maximize your revenue through accurate coding, billing, and documentation.

With a median pay of $176K, Self-Employed Optometrists make much more than the national average ($100K annually) for those in this field.

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EyeCodingForum training will help you be in the top ten-percent in terms of revenue, coding, and compliance.

2018 ICD-10 Updates for Ophthalmology and Optometry

Join us noon CST, July 27 2017 for our early look at the new 2018 ICD-10 code additions, changes, and deletions for optometry and ophthalmology. This Webinar is about 50-minutes. In addition to being recorded (watch anytime) we plan on conducting this same Webinar live in August, September and October. Every Eyecare Office must conduct new code training every year. It includes:

  1. New ICD-10 codes for 2018 for Eyecare
  2. Changes to degenerative myopia
  3. Changes to blindness codes
  4. Changes to low vision codes
  5. Other code changes
  6. Deleted codes
  7. Revised codes
  8. Formal ICD-10 coding training
  9. When two codes are required and not just one.
  10. Disease specificity
  11. Exceptions and “Gotchas”

This Webinar is $49 or buy a block of 4 for $149; or purchase the Site License (over 40 Webinars plus the next 12 Webinars for a full year) for only $499. Click on This link to Order EyeCodingForum Services.

Click here for a list of all available EyeCare Coding and Billing Webinars.

July 20 Webinar: Improving the Front-Office for Ophthalmology and Optometry

Join us July 20 2017 for a new topic:  “Improving the Front-Office for Ophthalmology and Optometry.” We’ve been focusing on providers, managers, coders and billers for years. Now it’s time to get the most out of the front-office staff. This Webinar starts at noon CST and is about 50-minutes. All Webinars are recorded so you can watch anytime and as often as you like. It includes:

  1. Working with patients
  2. Scheduling Tips
  3. Taking History
  4. How to obtain and document a valid Chief Complaint
  5. Review of Systems
  6. Updating patient information
  7. Should the front-office take the History of Present Illness (HPI)?
  8. Educate staff and patients on the difference between routine care, a refraction exam and a medical encounter.
  9. Coding and Billing 101
  10. Free billing and insurance webinar
  11. Hire someone who wants to grow and learn about coding and billing.
  12. Over a dozen tasks they can perform in their down-time that will make you money.
  13. Resources
  14. Your Questions

This Webinar is $49 or buy a block of 4 for $149; or purchase the Site License (over 40 Webinars plus the next 12 Webinars for a full year) for only $499. Click on This link to Order EyeCodingForum Services.

Click here for a list of all available EyeCare Coding and Billing Webinars.

June 22 Webinar: Diagnostic Tests for Eyecare (update)

Join us June 22 for another of our most popular Webinars. It is an update to our 2014 Webinar with ICD-10 codes, updated Medicare information and the tips and tricks the will help you get paid the first time and every time. Whether you’re a coding and billing novice or a seasoned veteran we guarantee you will learn something new–or your money back. It will be recorded so you can watch it anytime. This Webinar includes:

  1. Modifiers that ensure a clean claim
  2. Small surgical procedures performed in the office
  3. The concept of carrier-specific rules
  4. Bilateral procedures
  5. RVU’s and pricing information
  6. How to document the Interpretation and Report
  7. The top Eyecare Diagnostic procedures:
  8. Fundus Photography 92250
  9. Extended Ophthalmoscopy 92225/92226
  10. Visual Field Exam 9208(1 or 2 and 3)
  11. GDX/OCT/HRT 92133/92134
  12. Therapeutic Contact Lenses 92071 and 92072.
  13. Punctal Plugs (closure by plug) 68761
  14. Vision Therapy Services (92065)
  15. Corneal Topography 92025
  16. Pachymetry, corneal (US) 76514
  17. VEP (Visual Evoked Potentials)

Click on This link to Order EyeCodingForum Services. This Webinar is $49 or buy a block of 4 for $149; or purchase the Site License (over 40 Webinars plus the next 12 Webinars for a full year) for only $499. All Webinars are recorded so you can watch anytime and as often as you like. They are streaming video.

Click here for a list of all available EyeCare Coding and Billing Webinars.

May 11: The Top 12 EMR Mistakes most Eyecare Clinics Make

This Webinar is specifically for Eyecare.  Most managers and providers are under the mistaken notion that their coding and compliance concerns are over once they’ve purchased a certified EMR system.

Nothing could be further from the truth.
In this Webinar we will discuss more than 12 issues that both include and are caused by EMR use. Trust me, your EMR vendor is not going to discourage you from up-coding–that helps pay for the system. And copying information from a previous visit is a time-saver–but is it compliant? This 50-minute Webinar will be held at noon, Central Time, Thursday May 11, and includes:

  1. CC/Presenting Problem
  2.  Mood and Affect/ A+OX3
  3.  Review of Systems (ROS)
  4.  The Problem with Problem Lists
  5.  Identical Exams
  6.  Two additional exam elements specifically for children.
  7.  Medical Decision Making (MDM)
  8.  Pull-down lists for Assessment/Impression
  9.  Medical Necessity (both definitions)
  10.  Matching diagnosis with CPT codes
  11.  Time: Only one Time
  12.  Medicine Section codes 920×2 and 920×4
  13.  Payment versus compliance

Click on This link to Order EyeCodingForum Services. This Webinar is $49 or buy a block of 4 for $149; or purchase the Site License (over 40 Webinars plus the next 12 Webinars for a full year) for only $499. All Webinars are recorded so you can watch anytime and as often as you like. They are streaming video.

Click here for a list of all available EyeCare Coding and Billing Webinars.

Apr 20 2017: Understanding How Medical Necessity impacts E & M level

This is an intermediate to advanced Webinar and we’ve also included the 50-minute, Scoring MDM for E & M visits Webinar at no additional cost. So it’s a two-for-one and essential for those wishing to optimize their compliance and maximize their revenue. If you’re the best provider in your area and see older, sicker patients, don’t miss this Webinar.

This definition of Medical Necessity is different from the billing version ! The official document explaining Medical Necessity from Medicare is from 2015, therefore this will be new information for most coders, billers, and especially providers. For maximum benefit you should already know:

  1. How to document, score and report office visits
  2. How to document and score Medical Decision Making (MDM) for E & M visits.
  3. The EyeCodingForum Scoring MDM Webinar is included. Please review the recorded video before attending this Webinar.

This 50-minute Webinar will be held at noon, Central Time, April 20. It will be recorded so you can watch anytime as often as you like.

Not understanding Medical Necessity could cause you to either make or lose thousands per year–particularly if you see older, sicker patients. It is especially important to ophthalmologists and retinal doctors. There are very few Webinars on this topic–even fewer good ones. It requires for the coder to have an in-depth knowledge of your speciality disease states and their severity. Medical Necessity creates a huge gray area concerning high level code selection. In this webinar we will cover:

  1. Medical Decision Making (MDM)
  2. MDM Scoring System
  3. Why is Medical Necessity More important than MDM?
  4. The two definitions of Medical Necessity
  5. CPT version
  6. The AMA Perspective
  7. Medicare Guidelines
  8. Ways to determine Medical Necessity
  9. The Problem with Problem Lists
  10. The concept of Peer Review
  11. The concept of the 50/50 Rule (of auditing)
  12. Gray Areas

Click on this link to Order EyeCodingForum Services. This Webinar is $49 or buy a block of 4 for $149; or purchase the Site License (over 40 Webinars plus the next 12 Webinars for a full year) for only $499. All Webinars are recorded so you can watch anytime and as often as you like. They are streaming video.

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Jeffrey Restuccio, CPC, COC, MBA

Mar 23 2017: Reporting and Documenting Office Visits

This is our most popular, the most misunderstood, and the Webinar that will have the most impact on your practice. Whether you’re new to understanding office visits for have attended a dozen of other seminars, you owe it to yourself, your acceptable risk and your bottom line to spend 50 minutes with us and learn everything you’ve never been taught about documenting, selecting, and scoring office visits.

This 50-minute Webinar will be held at noon, Central Time, March 23, and includes:

  1. What exactly is a routine vision exam?
  2. What is required for the 920xx encounters?
  3. What is required for an E & M encounter?
  4. What do over 95% of Eyecare professionals not know about the Intermediate 920×2 codes?
  5. What services/tests are included?
  6. Is dilation required?
  7. Why do Vision Plans combine the refraction service and routine exam?
  8. What are Medicare guidelines for office visits?
  9. Why is medical decision making so important?
  10. Can I use time to determine the level of service?
  11. Can an Optometrist report a 92015 level service?
  12. How do I optimize my office visit level?
  13. Which target audit areas should I be aware of?
  14. When should I report codes S0620 and S0621?
  15. How do RVU’s and the Medicare Allowable compare for 920xx and E & M codes?

Click on this link to Order EyeCodingForum Services. This Webinar is $49 or buy a block of 4 for $149; or purchase the Site License (over 40 Webinars plus the next 12 Webinars for a full year) for only $499. All Webinars are recorded so you can watch anytime and as often as you like. They are streaming video.

 

Feb 16 Webinar: MACRA/MIPS for Eyecare. How to Prepare.

The next EyeCodingForum Webinar is very important if you don’t want to wade through hundreds of pages of Medicare bulletins and guidelines.

MACRA/MIPS Webinar for Eyecare

  1. What is MACRA? What is MIPS?
  2. What exactly happened on January 1 2017?
  3. When will the new system go into effect?
  4. Does MACRA and MIPS apply to Medicare only?
  5. What is the Quality Payment Program (QPP)?
  6. The Alternative Payment Model (APM)
  7. New Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)
  8. The pros and cons of selecting between APM and MIPS
  9. CMS MACRA Final Rule
  10. What is the Composite Performance Score?
  11. What are ACI Categories and ACI Scores?
  12. What is Advanced Care Information (Meaningful Use)?
  13. How MACRA and MIPS apply specifically to Eyecare
  14. Much More plus your questions

 

2017 Webinar List for Ophthalmology and Optometry

Below is a tentative list of EyeCodingforum.com coding, billing, compliance, and documentation Webinars for Eyecare. Please contact us at ecf@eyecodingforum.com if you have any questions or requests.

1 2017 Jan 26 2017: HIPAA for Eyecare
2 2017 Feb 16: How MIPS will impact Eyecare Revenue
3 2017 Mar 23: Reporting and Documenting Office visits [Update]
4 2017 Apr 20: Understanding how Medical Necessity impacts E & M level
5 2017 May: The top 12 EMR mistakes every Eyecare Clinic Makes
6 2017 Jun 22: Eyecare Diagnostic Procedures [Update]
7 2017 Jul 20: Front Office Tips and Tricks for Eyecare
8 2017 Aug 24: Medicare [Update July 2014]
9 2017 Sep 14: Over 40 Key Concepts with examples [Update Feb 2014]
10 2017 Oct 5: ICD-10 updates for 2018
11 2017 Nov 16: Marketing to Medical Patients [Update Dec 2012]
12 2017 Dec 7: CPT Updates and more for 2018

 

 

 

Twelve EyeCare ICD-10 Questions to Assess Your Knowledge

In 2017 every Eyecare clinic needs to up their game in terms of ICD10 coding specificity. Remember, you don’t need to outrun the lion, just the 90% of Eyecare clinics who do not take this seriously. That’s how you become a top ten-percent earner in Eyecare [Optimize  Compliance/Maximize Revenue]

If you work in an optometry or ophthalmology office the following questions below will help you assess your ICD-10 coding and documentation knowledge. These are not basic ICD-10 questions but more representative of how accurate coding can help your practice optimize r compliance and maximize revenue. The answers to the questions below are all in the EyeCodingForum ICD-10 recorded video training course.

Please share these with everyone you know in Eyecare:

  1. How do you report a dense cataract?
  2. How do you report a rule-out of a blowout fracture?
  3. How do you report a nasal or temporal pterygium?
  4. Does blurred vision [H53.8] support medical necessity?
  5. In ICD-10 you cannot report wet or dry ARMD by eye (right or left) [True or false?].
  6. How do you report “uncontrolled diabetes Type II” in ICD-10?
  7. Is degenerative myopia [H44.2*] paid on a medical claim?
  8. Which code categories do not have a bilateral (3) option?
  9. How do you know how to sequence ICD-10 codes on the claim form? [What is a good source of this information?]
  10. How do you report bacterial conjunctivitis?
  11. Is refractive amblyopia [H53.02*] paid on a medical claim?
  12. Can the removal a suture, stent, conjunctival concretion removal be coded as a foreign body removal?

Jeffrey Restuccio, CPC, COC
EyeCodingForum.com
(901) 517-1705