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When: May 11, 2018
7:00 AM -- 5:00 PM
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Hotel at Arundel Preserve
7795 Arundel Mills Blvd
Hanover, Maryland  21076
United States
Contact: Sophie Pumphrey

Online registration is available until: 5/9/2018
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Registration Pricing:

Scientific and Clinical Program:

MSEPS Members: $0

Other State Society Members: $125

Membership Plus Admission to Event: $650

Admission to Event Without Membership: $400

Resident: $0


Technician Program:

Member and Non-Member Staff: $125


CodeQuest for Staff:

Member and Non-Member: $250


CodeQuest for Physicians:

Member and Non-Member: $250






The MSEPS 12th Annual Combined 
Ophthalmic Convention

The Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
2018 Annual Convention

Friday, May 11, 2018

Hotel at Arundel Preserve

Scientific and Clinical Program:

7:00    Registration/Breakfast/Veiw Exhibitors


8:00    Welcome and introductions

            Allison Jensen, MD and Lawson Grumbine

            MSEPS Education Committee Program Committee Members


8:05    "Is it Retina or Optic Nerve?"

            Neil Miller, MD

            - Differentiate retinal from optic nerve disease using patient's symptoms, examination findings and ancillary tests.


8:30    Presbyopia - Are we closer to solving this Holy Grail of Refractive Surgery?

           Sonny Goel, MD

           - Identify the options currently available to address this condition

           - Categorize future solutions in development today and the available options.


8:55    Evaluation and Surgical Approaches to the Orbit

           Katie Duncan, MD

           - Recognize and appropriately evaluate orbital pathology.

           - Review common approaches to orbital surgery.


9:20    Video-Based Management of Challenging Cataract Surgeries: Dislocated IOL - Managing with the Glued IOL Technique. IOL Exhange Using Scaffold        Technique, Cataract with Quiescent Posterior Capsule Trauma after IV Injection.

           Maria Soledad Romero, MD

           - Identify how to manage complex cataract cases.

           - Distinguish pearls & pitfalls to safely incorporate these techniques into their practice.


9:45    Instrument-Based Vision Screening

           David Guyton, MD

           - Explain what instruments are available, what is the cost involved, how do they work, what they provide and how reliable they are.

           - List what new instruments are on the horizon.


10:10  Premium Intraocular Lenses and the Glaucoma Patient

           Ramya Swamy, MD

           - Summarize the evidence for the role of various premium intraocular lens use in patients with glaucoma.

           - Discuss the advantages and potential pitfalls associated with the use of these lenses.


10:35  Discussion


10:40 Break/Visit Exhibits/View Resident Posters 

           Please take the time to learn about research taking place at Maryland's academic institutions and to show support for your future colleagues! Winners will be 

           announced at 12:35 during the physician CODEQuest session.


11:00  Bitcoin and Ransomware, Fact Vs. Fiction

           Renee Bovelle, MD (non-CME)

           - Summarize various tips to protect your Practice and your Pocketbook.


11:10  Update on Macular Hole

           Alan Sheyman, MD

           - Explain what a macular hole condition is and review the latest updates.

           - Discuss what can cause blurred and distorted central vision.


11:40  Cataract Surgery in Patients with Corneal Disease

           Jonathan Etter, MD

           - Identify corneal diseases that are seen frequently in the setting of cataract evaluation.

           - Describe the impact of specific corneal disease on cataract surgery outcomes.

           - Discuss management of specific corneal diseases in the setting of cataract surgery so as to optimize outcomes.


12:05  2018 Legislative Report

           Gene Ransom, MedChi CEO

           - Review health care related issues considered by the Maryland General Assembly in 2018.

           - Discuss the potential impact of bills passed on Physicians's practices and update on the optometric scope expansion legislation.


Lunch and Visit Exhibits





Please join us for the Physician centered CODEQuest program!

Ophthalmic Technician Program:


7:30 – 8:30 am      Registration / Continental Breakfast / Visit Exhibits


8:30 – 9:00            Parkinson’s Disease and MS

Cheryl McCarus, CO, COMT, OSA            


9:00 - 9:30             OCT Tips and Tricks

                              Karen Ann Klima, RN, COMT, CRA


9:30 – 10:00          OCT Anterior Segment Module to Diagnose Corneal Pathology

                              Brett Levinson, M.D.


 10:00 - 10:30        Break and Visit Exhibits


10:30 – 11:00        Relationship between Learning, Reading and Vision in Children

                              Mary Lou Collins, M.D.


11:00 – 11:30        New Advancements in Treatments for Macular Degeneration

                              Raymond Sjaarda, M.D. 


 11:30 – 12:00        How to Measure Prism in Progressive Multifocals

                               Edward Kuwera, M.D.


12:00 – 12:30        The Relative Afferent Pupillary Defect in Clinical Practice

                              Neil Miller, M.D. 


12:30 – 1:30            Lunch and Visit Exhibits


 1:30 – 2:00            Dry Eye

                               Samuel Yiu, M.D.


2:00 – 2:20            Retinal Changes from Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications

                              Peggy Orr, RN, COMT


2:20 – 3:00            Visual Fields & What They Measure

                              Carol Applegate, MLA, COT


3:00                     Evaluations & Certificate Distribution

                            Group A JCAHPO and OPS credits.


This course has been awarded 5 JCAHPO credits and 2.25 OPS credits


2018 AAOE CODEquest with Sue Vicchrilli

Codequest for Staff: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Codequest for Physicians 1:15 pm to 5:00 pm


Sue Vicchrilli, COT, OCS

Sue 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.

Strengthen Your Audit Armor at Ophthalmology’s Premier Coding Event

Get expert instruction from the recognized leader of ophthalmic coding at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Codequest™ 2018 course, presented with the Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. Stay up to date on changing regulations, get strategies for maintaining compliance with federal and commercial payers’ rules and learn the latest tactics to appropriately maximize your reimbursements.

This all-new four-hour program covers state-specific information relevant to practices of all sizes:

·     Avoid costly mistakes that trigger audits in evolving health care markets

·     Audit-proof your documentation with our new payer-specific checklists for top surgical procedures

·     Ensure your practice gets paid for newly covered procedures and devices

·     Telemedicine: Learn what to consider before you participate, including risk management coverage issues

·     Blepharoplasty: Get expert guidance on how to correctly bill cosmetic vs. functional procedures under new requirements

·     Review requirements for mastering modifiers

Register today at

To get solutions and advice for your specific questions, registrants may email questions in advance to

Codequest offers 4 CME, IJCAHPO and COE credits, and a certificate of completion for AAPC.

What Your Colleagues Are Saying

“All doctors should attend! It’s our responsibility to know what’s billed and that it corresponds with the chart. Codequest helps us make sure that our documentation is appropriate and allows us to get paid the most for the work being done.”


“I always enjoy the presentations. They do a great job teaching us. The lectures are wonderful.”


“There is always something new I take with me!”


“I have been attending Codequest for the last 9 years and enjoyed them so much.”



“Our office attends this course every year…Excellent presentation and information.”


Who Should Attend

Codequest 2018 is taught at an intermediate level. Ophthalmologists, practice administrators, coders and billers who are familiar with ophthalmic coding are encouraged to attend.

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 “A” CE Credits for completion of this course.

NBCOE CE Credits
This American Academy of Ophthalmology Codequest course has been approved for 4 Certified Ophthalmic Executive (COE) credits by the National Board for the Certification of Ophthalmic Executives (NBCOE). The COE credential is the property of the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators (ASOA) and is administered by the NBCOE.

Attendance Requirement: Attendance is limited to members of the Academy, AAOE, and/or state ophthalmological societies and individuals directly employed by these members.


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.


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.


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