Focus on NOAO 2014: 3rd Annual Technicians’ Conference

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The New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology’s 3rd Annual Technicians’ Conference will be held in concurrence with our 63rd Annual Symposium on March 21st.  The following is our program.  If you’d like to print or save copy, click here.

7:00a – 8:20a  |  Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:30a – 9:30a  |  Blepharoplasty, Ptosis, and Brow Ptosis by Riva Lee Asbell, AB, CO

CE Credits Requested: 1.00

Course Description:  Surgical procedures for blepharoplasty, ptosis and brow ptosis are paid by Medicare when performed as a functional procedure rather than a cosmetic one. This course reviews Medicare’s mandated chart documentation requirements for each procedure to be considered functional as well as how to handle the RAC audits that are currently being conducted nationwide.

Objectives:  At the conclusion of the course participants should be able to:

  1. Describe and utilize the anatomical descriptions pertaining to the procedures when preparing chart documentation and taking photographs.
  2. Prepare proper chart documentation properly for blepharoplasty, ptosis and brow ptosis to be considered payable by Medicare.
  3. Respond properly to RAC audits on these procedures.

9:30a – 10:30a  |  ICD-10 by Jeffery Daigrepont

CE Credits Requested:

Course Description:  This lecture will address the technical side of ICD10 and prepare the those attending the course on how to remediate any requirements necessary to comply and conform with the ICD10 technical requirements.

Objectives:  At the conclusion of the course, participants should be able to:

  1. Know how to complete system testing
  2. Know how to conduct a self-assessment on system readiness
  3. Know how to confront vendors to confirm their readiness

10:30a – 10:45a |  Break


10:45a – 11:45a  |  Complex Cataract Coding by Riva Lee Asbell, AB, CO

CE Credits Requested: 1.00

Course Description:  This workshop reviews Medicare’s requirements for chart documentation when the surgeon is performing complex cataract surgery in order to obtain proper reimbursement as well as avoid and successfully defend audits of your charts.  Included is a review of qualifications for Complex versus Complicated Cataract Extraction, documentation of ADL (Activities of Daily Living) and the new guidelines for using femtosecond laser with cataract surgery.

Objectives: At the conclusion of the course, participants should be able to:

  1. Complete chart documentation for cataract surgery to be in compliance    with Medicare’s compliance requirements.
  2. Implement documentation of Activity of Daily Living Requirement issues in their chart documentation.
  3. Use proper billing and advertising when performing these activities in         conjunction with use of the femtosecond laser surgery.

11:45a – 12:15p  |  Double Trouble:  How to sort things out when a cataract patient                                         complains of seeing two by M. Edward Wilson, MD

CE Credits Requested:

Course Description:  This course will describe a step-wise process for the evaluation of double vision in an adult cataract patient. In an interactive format, pearls and pitfalls of history-taking and examination of the patient who sees two, will be discussed.

Objectives:  At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. List the differences between monocular and binocular double vision
  2. Describe the recommended examination steps when a patient has been verified to have binocular diplopia
  3. List the major treatment options for adult-onset diplopia and the pros and cons of each

12:15p – 1:15p   |  LUNCH  |  Lunch is on your own.  


1:15p – 1:45p    |  Technician’s Role in EMR Implementation by Jeffery Daigrepont

CE Credits Requested:

Course Description:  This lecture will address the fundamentals for EHR implementation specific to ophthalmology.  It will also discuss the do’s and don’t for successful adoption of EHRs.

Objectives:  At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. The role of the technician during EHR implementation
  2. The critical success factors for starting an EHR implementation
  3. Designing, building and testing the EHR system for ophthalmology

1:45p – 2:15p   |  Anterior Segment OCT of Corneal + Refractive Disorders by Sonia Yoo, MD

CE Credits Requested: .50

Course Description: This lecture will cover the clinical applications of anterior segment ocular coherence tomography.

Objectives:  At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify clinical applications for anterior segment OCT in corneal pathology
  2. Identify clinical applications of anterior segment OCT in refractive surgery

2:15p – 2:45p  |  Clear but Bumpy:  Lens Selection and Evaluation Post Corneal                                             Transplantation by Colleen Oltmann and Corey Dickson

CE Credits Requested:

Course Description:  This course will cover various aspects of contact lens selection and fitting after cornea transplantation.

Objectives:  At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Understand various contact lens designs used to fit a post PKP eye.
  2. Understand some advanced contact lens terminology.
  3. Able to recognize an ideal fitting relationship between a rigid lens and transplanted cornea.

2:45p – 3:00p |  Break


3:00p – 3:30p |  Multifocal Intraocular Lens Technology by Pulin Shah, MD

CE Credits Requested: .50

Course Description:  This lecture will describe the newest multifocal IOLs currently on the market, and explain the different design approaches, advantages and disadvantages of each.

Objectives:  At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. List the multifocal IOLs currently being used in ophthalmic practice
  2. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the various lenses

3:30p – 4:00p |  Collagen Cross-linking by Bradley Randleman, MD

CE Credits Requested: .50

Course Description: This lecture will cover the basic elements of corneal collagen cross-linking, a new technology coming available to the United States for the treatment of keratoconus and other corneal disorders

Objectives:  At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic concepts of Keratoconus
  2. Understand process of Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking
  3. Be able to recognize potential complications from this procedure

4:00p – 4:30p | Guess the Diagnosis/Jeopardy Round by Pulin Shah, MD

CE Credits Requested: .50

Course Description: This course will review assessments of eye complaints to determine urgency of evaluation for corneal and cataract cases.

Objectives:  At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify key history elements necessary to properly assess corneal and cataract related complaints.

That will conclude our Technicians’ Conference!  Guests will have an hour long break to freshen up before the President’s Wine and Cheese Reception, which will be held from 5:30p – 8p in the Quarterdeck Ballroom of the Hilton Riverside Hotel.  This year’s reception is generously sponsored by Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc; Harper Eye Instruments, Inc; and The Armamentarium, Inc.  The Wine and Cheese Reception is open to all attendees and their guests.

This program has been submitted to JCAHPO for consideration of CE credit.  The registration fee includes all course materials and refreshments.  Cancellation requests must be made in writing via our contact page, facsimile to 504.861.2549, or by mail.  A cancellation fee of $50 will be assessed.  No refunds will be made once the meeting begins.

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