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13th Annual Combined Ophthalmic Convention
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When: May 10, 2019
7:00 AM -- 5:00 PM
Where: Hotel at Arundel Preserve
7795 Arundel Mills Blvd
Hanover, Maryland  21076
United States
Contact: Sophie Pumphrey

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Scientific and Clinical Program:

Featuring Speakers:

Mona Kaleem MD, Bryn Brookholder MD, Steve Winkler MD, Laura Green MD, Alan Malouf MD, Sara Lally MD and Carol Shields MD. Topics and titles coming soon!


MSEPS Members: $0

Other State Society Members: $125

Membership Plus Admission to Event: $695

Admission to Event Without Membership: $400

Resident: $0

 Scientific Program:

7:00 AM        Registration/ Continental Breakfast/ View Exhibits


8:00                WELCOME and INTRODUCTION

                        Allison Jensen, MD and Lawson Grumbine, MD

                        MSEPS Education Committee Program Committee members


8:05                Cataract Surgery in Patients with Uveitis

        Bryn Burkholder, MD     


8:35                 Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Ophthalmology

         Mona Kaleem, MD


9:05                 Thyroid Orbitopathy – Updates and Improvements

         Steve Winkler, MD



9:35                  My Year with th Accomodating IOL

                         Alan Malouf, MD


10:05               Use of Anti VEGf Therapy in Retinal Diseases

         Adrienne Scott, MD


10:35               Discussion

10:40               BREAK and VISIT EXHIBITS


         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 pm during the physician CODEQuest session.


11:00               Advocacy

         Laura Green, MD


11:10              Conjunctival Tumors: Who, What, When, and Where?

                        Sara Lally, MD


11:40               Choroidal Nevus and Melanoma: Know the Facts

                         Carol Shields, MD


12:10                2019 Legislative Report
                          Gene Ransom, MedChi CEO
                          *Review health care issues considered by the Maryland General Assembly in 2019.
                           * Discuss the potential impact of bills passed on physician’s practices and update on the optometric scope expansion legislation.

12:30PM              LUNCH and VISIT EXHIBITS

Please join us for the Physician Q and A  CODEQuest session!

Technician Program:

Member and Non-Member Staff: $125

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

8:30 – 9:00         Techs Taking Charge of the Motility Exam

                             Cheryl McCarus, CO, COMT, OSA                        

9:00 - 9:30           Testing the Stargardt Disease Patient

                              Carol Applegate, MLA, COT

9:30 – 10:00       A Modern Approach to Dry Eye: it’s neither dry nor an eye problem             

                             Brett Levinson, M.D


 Break and Visit Exhibits


10:30 – 11:00     Convergence Insufficiency - Uncoupling Your Expectations

                              Alex Christoff, CO, COT

11:00 – 11:30     Treatments for Age-related Macular Degeneration

                              Raymond Sjaarda, M.D. 

 11:30 – 12:00   The Challenges of the Cataract Patient 

                             Basil Morgan, M.D.

 12:00 – 12:30   Corneal Surface Disease and Dystrophy

                            Sandra Shaffer, COA


                           Lunch and Visit Exhibits


 1:30 – 2:15      Library Services for the Visually Impaired

                           Ashley Biggs, MSLIS

2:15 – 3:00        Ophthalmic Tips and Tricks in Patient Testing

                            Karen Ann Klima, CRNO, COMT, CRA

3:00                    Evaluations & Certificate Distribution


                           Applied for Group A JCAHPO and OPS credits


2019 CodeQuest:

Member and Non-Member: $250

 Who should attend? Ophthalmologists, practice administrators, coder and billers with an intermediate to advanced coding level

CodeQuest Question and Answer Workshop 

Member and Non-Member: $125

Who should attend? Physicians


Level up at American Academy of Ophthalmology Codequest™ 2019


Sue Vicchrilli, COT, OCS, OCSR

Sue is the Academy’s director of coding and reimbursement. Her experience in ophthalmology includes coding, reimbursement, practice management and clinical and surgical assistance. Sue is the content director for the Academy's entire line of coding products andrecipient of the Academy's Achievement Award.

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 The Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Codequest provides unparalleled instruction relevant to all practice sizes, and each session includes valuable information specific to your region.



·       Acquire valuable insights for protecting your practice

·       Boost your coding performance

·       Prepare for the inevitable audit scenario

·       Learn to resolve claim denials




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 






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