Google AI can predict heart disease by looking at pictures of the retina

Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY Published 11:00 a.m. ET Feb. 19, 2018 | Updated 11:03 a.m. ET Feb. 19, 2018

I can look into your eyes to see straight to your heart.

It may sound like a sappy sentiment from a Hallmark card. Essentially though, that’s what researchers at Google did in applying artificial intelligence  to predict something deadly serious: the likelihood that a patient will suffer a heart attack or stroke. The researchers made such determinations by examining images of the patient’s retina.

Google, which is presenting its findings Monday in Nature Biomedical Engineering, an online medical journal, says that such a method is as accurate as predicting cardiovascular disease through more invasive measures that involve sticking a needle in a patient’s arm.

Full Article at this link.

Jeffrey Restuccio, CPC, COC

www.EyeCodingForum.com

 

The Ultimate Compendium of Coding, Billing, and Documentation Advice for Ophthalmologists and Optometrists

Coding and Billing Manual for Eyecare: Optometry and Ophthalmology
Official Book Title: The Ultimate Compendium of Coding, Billing, and Documentation Advice for Ophthalmologists and Optometrists.
Available from EyeCodingForum.com
Author: Jeffrey Restuccio, CPC, COC, MBA
Pages: 255       Price: $225      Specialty: Eyecare
Suitable for coders, billers, Providers, and managers. Order Here

The manual is included with the EyeCodingForum.com’s most popular Site License service, 12 months access to over 50 recorded Webinars for only $598 (A $2,500 value!).

Why Do I Care?

  • This book is ideal for both for any level, beginner to advanced. With over 100 pages dedicated to core fundamental coding and billing concepts, it provides the formal background that will put you a step ahead when submitting claims and appealing denials. The advanced break-out tips alone are worth the cost and include tips and advice you will not find anywhere else and answers to questions most neve ask–but can make a big difference.
  • If most of your training is from an Optometrist who learned coding, they you owe it to yourself to experience training from a certified coder who learned Eyecare. The slant and the information is simply different; and especially this manual.
  • You don’t know what you don’t know! You can’t learn the answer if you don’t know the question. And I ask the difficult questions that most other consultants avoid.
  • If you want to be in the top 10% of earners, this book is a “must-have.” Increase the percentage of medical patients and improve your medical claim billing.
  • If you work the front-office, code or bill, increase your value to your employer.
  • Work smarter, not harder–earn more per patient.
  • This book is affordable, convenient and will save Eyecare professionals many hours of aggravation working with medical claims and insurance carriers.
  • It would take weeks to learn this information any other way. How much is your time worth?
  • The medium income for Optometrists is around $100K per year. Top performers earn much more– $187K per year! That difference, $7,260 per month requires knowing how to compliantly and accurately report medical services. This manual will help.
  • Benefit from over twenty years of experience.
  • It provides everything about coding and billing that Optometrists did not learn in Optometry school.
  • Money-Back Guarantee! No questions asked (simply return the manual for a full-refund.)

Manual Sections

  1. The Very Basics
  2. 60 Key Coding Concepts (40 more later)
  3. Office Visits
  4. Diagnostic Procedures and Small Surgical Procedures
  5. Revenue Cycle
  6. ICD-10 (new codes for 2018 and highlights)
  7. More on HCPCS and Modifiers
  8. Optimizing Compliance
  9. Maximizing Revenue
  10. DME-MAC and Post-Cataract Glasses
  11. Additional Information and Index

This manual includes the following break-out tips:

  • 12 claim-form examples for office visits and diagnostic and surgical procedures.
  • 31 Coding Tips (Coding Gold!)
  • 21 Real World Scenarios and Tips
  • 94 Gotchas (exceptions to the rules)
  • 101 Coding and Billing Notes
  • 29 Gray areas (advanced areas where coders disagree)
  • 66 Only Heard Here! (unique tips and scenarios)
  • 75 Common Questions and Answers
  • 70 Why Do I Care notes (what’s in it for me?)
  • 26 Revenue-Enhancing Tip$ !

These break-outs, alone, could make you thousands more per month. They can be reviewed in about two hours.

The manual:

  • Includes 100 key coding, billing, and documentation concepts (every coder, biller, and provider must know.)
  • Includes 125 multiple-choice coding and billing questions with answers to reinforce learning.
  • Includes coding and billing advice for Eyecare by a certified coder and auditor.
  • Updated every year.
  • Additional information with the Table of Contents and sample pages is available on our website.

This manual not provide in-depth information on Ophthalmology surgical procedures or comprehensive ICD-10 training (It does include 2018 updates). Additional ICD-10 video training (10 hours’ worth) is available from the EyeCodingForum.

About the Author: A resident of Memphis, TN, Jeff has over 20 years of experience teaching coding and billing and has conducted over 10,000 chart audits in his career. Since 2007, Jeff has conducted over 365 live seminars on Eyecare (that’s one per day for an entire year!). He has worked with numerous optometry schools and professional Eyecare associations. He is on the advisory board of the Optometry Coding Alert, The Williams Group, and conducts Eyecare Webinars for Audio Educator and the Coding Institute.

Contact Information:
Jeffrey Restuccio, CPC, COC, MBA
EyeCodingForum.com
eyecodingforum@gmail.com | ritecode@gmail.com
http://www.eyecodingforum.com
(901) 517-1705

Nebraska Optometric Association Webinar Bundle: Sep 23 Presentation

Below are the Webinars as originally recorded that I used for the September 23 2017 Nebraska Optometric Association Conference presentation. Since they are individual Webinars, it is not the exact same presentation as on Sep 23, but the content is the same.

Your subscription is good for one year from the date of purchase. Webinars are not downloaded; they are streaming video. You can stop and pause and watch them any time, as often as you wish. This subscription is per clinic up to ten doctors.

  1. ICD-10 updates for 2018
  2. Billing Compliance vs Coding Compliance
  3. Basics of coding, billing, and insurance
  4. DME-MAC: Billing and Coding for post-cataract glasses
  5. Everything not in the CPT or ICD-10 manual
  6. Coding Compliance for Eyecare (Part 2)
  7. Coding Compliance for Eyecare (Part 1)
  8. Over 35 key concepts every provider, coder, and biller must know

The order link for this Webinar Bundle is the very last item on the EyeCodingForum Order Form. Click Here to Order.

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

 

 

 

August 24 EyeCodingForum Webinar: Medicare for Eyecare

This noon, Central Time, 50-minute Webinar will focus on everything related to Medicare for both optometry and ophthalmology. Click here to order EyeCodingForum Services.  It will be recorded so you can view it anytime. It is an update to our July 2014 Webinar. Medicare is your most important insurance carrier. This is a valuable investment of an hour of your time. We will discuss:

  1. Common diagnostic procedures
  2. The Basics (LCDs, E & M Guidelines, Incident-To Rules)
  3. How to work with Medicare
  4. How Medicare Advantage is different.
  5. Why Medicare is not just one, single agency (jurisdictions)
  6. Co-Management
  7. Understand carrier-specific rules
  8. Office visits (both E & M and 920xx codes)
  9. Documentation requirements
  10. How to  appeal denied claims
  11. Improving your ICD-10 coding.

Nationally, about 75 to 85% of Medicare rules and guidelines are the same. However, there are 12 Jurisdictions in the United States and each one has slightly different rules. Our goal will be to provide both a sound foundation and provide new information from all of them and help you get paid correctly, the first time.

The Webinar is $49.00 for one, $149 for purchase a block of 4 or only $499 for access to the entire EyeCodingForum Training Library of over 40 Webinars (Site License). Click here for a list of all available EyeCare Coding and Billing Webinars.

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

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.

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.

www.EyeCodingForum.com
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