Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of your teaching roles?2016-08-24T20:18:08+00:00

I regularly instruct, write, and speak to various audiences.  I conceived the “coding.doc” feature in Ophthalmology Times which addresses a wide variety of topics in coding and reimbursement.  I author the “Coding Tips” section of the official newsletter for young physicians in the subspecialty of ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery.   I was given the Achievement Award for instruction by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

What are some of your leadership positions in coding and reimbursement?2016-08-17T16:41:23+00:00

I chair both the Coding and Third Party Reimbursement Committee of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Third Party Liaison Committee of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology.  I am also a member of the American Medical Association’s CPT Advisory Committee.  I am an alternate to the Florida Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee.

What is a Certified Coding Specialist – Physician-Based?2016-08-17T16:37:00+00:00

I hold this certification through the American Health Information Management Association which in part designates:

  • In-depth knowledge of the CPT coding system and familiarity with the ICD-10-CM and HCPCS Level II coding systems
  • Expertise in health information documentation, data integrity, and quality
How diverse is your training?2016-08-26T15:23:50+00:00

I hold academic degrees in engineering (B.S.), medicine (M.D.), and business administration (M.B.A.); and certification in coding (CCS-P).   Each of these specializations contributes to my analytical and presentation skills as a medical coding expert.

What is the CPT Advisory Committee?2016-08-17T11:35:31+00:00

This is a committee of the American Medical Association comprised of experts in their respective fields. Committee members create and respond to proposals to add, delete, and change CPT codes. I have served on this committee since 2003.

With which coding systems are you familiar?2016-08-17T11:23:30+00:00

I am familiar with coding systems including Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10 and ICD-9), Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs), Ambulatory Payment Classifications (APCs),  and Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) payment systems.

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