Understand and apply AMA guidelines on coding, billing to optometric clinical practice

Katie Connolly, OD, shares her presentation, “Maintaining Compliance with Medical Charting: 2021 Billing and Coding Update,” which she presented at the 2022 AOA Optometry Meeting in Chicago.

During this year’s American Optometric Association (AOA) Optometry Meeting in 2022, Katie Connolly, OD, associate clinical professor at the Indiana University School of Optometry, provided an update on medical mapping, billing and coding. His presentation focused on understanding the general guidelines provided by the American Medical Association (AMA) and how these guidelines can be considered in the context of optometric clinical practice.

This transcript has been slightly edited for clarity:

I am Dr. Katie Connolly, I am an associate clinical professor at Indiana University School of Optometry.

I presented the coding and billing update here in 2022. And really, the discussion was centered around understanding the new rating and management coding system that came out in early 2021. We live now with this for a year and a half, but there are a lot of lessons that we have learned as a profession, because really, this system was primarily developed for all of medicine. And so it’s hard to take a broad, all-encompassing guideline given to us by the American Medical Association and try to apply it to how it will work for us in our clinical practice.

So the highlight of the conference was trying to understand the advice given to us by the AMA, and taking into context the examples they gave us, what we know from the CPT book, as well as some of these large group coding consultations that we have in optometry, try to put them together in an easy to digest format for those of us who practice clinical optometry.

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