Building your billing and coding workforce for the future

December 11, 2012

Billing and coding changes are on the horizon, and now is the time to start preparing for the future needs of your practice.

One of the many tasks your paraoptometric staff can perform to contribute to the success of your practice is in the processing of insurance claims.

Building your workforce for the future is one practice management strategy that will pay off in higher returns.

The AOA Paraoptometric Section (PS) has received industry support from Vision West to develop a Webinar series, “Billing and Coding: Foundations for Beginners,” to help meet those needs.

The Webinar series offers nine-one hour presentations that will teach the basics of how to process insurance claims.

The series begins with “Introducing Medical Terminology and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)” and ends with “HIPAA and Compliance.”

This series is formulated specifically to teach the basics of billing and coding to beginners.

Other topics include the history and purpose of diagnostic codes, evaluation and management services, the health care procedures classification system, general ophthalmologic services, modifiers/special ophthalmologic procedures and claim filing.

The monthly Webinar series continues through April 2013.

The Webinars are made available free to AOA PS and/or Vision West members. Non-members may participate in the series for $25 per unit, but the $63 for PS membership makes it worthwhile in order to be able to participate in the entire series for free as a member benefit.

The first completed units have been posted to the Paraoptometric’s Webinar Rewind webpage for “On Demand” learning 24/7 from any office or home computer. Once all nine units have been completed, the Webinar series will be available for purchase on a CD-ROM for your future staff training needs.

One hour of approved Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) continuing education (CE) credit is available upon successfully passing a short quiz after each unit.

There is a CE processing fee of $10 for PS members, $15 for Vision West members and AOA OD members’ staff, and $25 for non-members for each hour of CE.

For the schedule of the remaining units or more information about all the staff training opportunities available as Paraoptometric Section member benefits, contact PS@aoa.org.

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