Virtual Codequest™ 2021

Optimize New Exam Code Choices. Protect from Claim Denials and Audits.

Washington Academy of Eye Physicians & Surgeons
in collaboration with
American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives

AAO/WAEPS Virtual Codequest Coding Course 2021

Thursday March 11, 2021

LIVE Virtual Meeting
and Recording Access for Review and Time-Shifting

Join the most knowledgeable coding experts in ophthalmology for a half-day of professional instruction. We’ll map out the latest coding updates including the biggest change in exam coding in 25 years. We will steer you through the new best choices, and the complex maze of payers’ rules, arriving at successful solutions for preventing claim denials and avoiding penalties.

CodeQuest Registration 
Coding Program Brochure


Sue Vicchrilli LIVE!
Eye Codes vs All-New E-M, and so much more!

Sue Vicchrilli, COT, OCS is the Academy’s Director of Coding and Reimbursement. She is a favorite speaker in Washington well known as a standout authority on ophthalmic coding and reimbursement and uniquely skilled in leading seminars. Sue will be speaking to our WAEPS members LIVE on March 11th and will be available for Questions & Answers throughout the program. She has over 30 years of experience in ophthalmology including all aspects of coding, reimbursement, practice management, and clinical and surgical assistance.

The Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, the AAO, and AAOE, proudly present a half-day program to help you run a successful practice. Codequest 2021 is both ophthalmology-specific and Northwest-specific. After you attend Codequest 2021, you will be well equipped to achieve and optimize proper reimbursement and avoid audit recoupments and penalties.



  • Using the New E/M Codes
  • Choosing Eye Codes or All-New E-M
  • Modifier mastery for payment or denial
  • CPT, ICD-10 and CCI Bundling and Telemed Updates
  • Coding competency review
  • Stop claim denials. Causes and repairs
  • MIPS reporting updates for 2021
  • For physicians, techs, scribes, billers & administrators
  • A critical perspective on A/R

Each Attendee will receive a Codequest workbook containing the slides, fact sheets, checklists, tables and other resources. These workbooks will be distributed electronically one week prior to the Coding Seminar to all registered attendees. These valuable reference resources alone are worth the registration!

Workbook fact sheets include:

  • 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

Registrants will also receive convenient 60-day access to the online video of WAEPS Codequest 2021 course. This will be on the site for all paid Coding Seminar attendees. The AAO will only send a CME certificate of completion for live event registrants only. The on-demand video is for review purposes only.


Sue Vicchrilli, COT, OCS is the Academy’s Director of Coding and Reimbursement. Sue is the author of AAOE’s “Coding Bulletin,” Ophthalmic Coding Coach, Ophthalmic Coding Series: Learn to Code the Essentials and EyeNet Magazine’s “Savvy Coder.” Codequest instructor bios are available at

Michael Gilbert, MD is the WAEPS Coding Seminar Chair, WAEPS Board member and the 2021 Coding Seminar Moderator. Dr. Gilbert’s lecture New Coding Choices 2021; Eye Codes vs All-New E-M, an Executive Summary on December 8, 2020 was our highest attended Town Hall.

Who Should Attend

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

Submit Your Questions!

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


8:00 – 10 a.m. Codequest 2021
10:00 – 10:15 a.m Break
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Codequest 2021 continues
11:45 – 12:00 noon Q & A

Registration Fees (per person)for LIVE program, AND subsequent recording access.

WAEPS Member physicians & employees: $249 $50 discount vs AAO Prices for pre-recorded programs
Non-Member physicians & employees $495  
Residents / Medical Students $50  

Note that to receive the WAEPS member practice rate, the member’s dues for 2021 need to have been paid by the time of registration.

How to Register

Register Online

You can pay online or request an invoice that can be paid by check or credit card.

If you need assistance, please contact the WAEPS office at 206-956-3631 or email [email protected]

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received in writing by March 1, 2021, will receive a full refund minus a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date. If your practice needs to substitute a different employee for a paid registrant from your practice, those changes may be made up to the day of the program. Contact our office for assistance. Call 206-956-3631 or email: [email protected]

Continuing Education Credits 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 IJCAHPO Group “A” CE Credits for completion of this course.

AAPC Credits

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

 Information about each program

For information about other programs at our Annual Meeting  and for a printable brochure, please click on the links below:
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Ophthalmic Coding, Documentation, and Reimbursement Seminar
Physician Program
Practice Management Program