Alert Newsletter

The ALERT is a quarterly newsletter featuring articles on current billing, coding and reimbursement topics. Each issue includes three articles of interest to ophthalmologists, optometrists and staff members. The feature article discusses a new or challenging issue applicable to most ophthalmologists and some optometrists. The secondary article provides practical advice on a relevant topic. The third article addresses primary care vision services. Our newsletter frequently includes short announcements of other important news items.

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Topic Title Issue Volume
Angiography Billing OCT Angiography Alert Newsletter – Spring 2017 Vol. 20 No. 01
Laser Trabeculoplasty Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty Alert Newsletter – Spring 2017 Vol. 20 No. 01
Cataract Surgery Cataract Surgery Reimbursement Alert Newsletter – Spring 2017 Vol. 20 No. 01
Wavefront Aberrometry Wavefront Aberrometry Alert Newsletter – Spring 2017 Vol. 20 No. 01
New in 2017? What’s New in 2017? Alert Newsletter – Winter 2016 Vol. 19 No. 04
CMS’ Quality Payment Program CMS’ Quality Payment Program Alert Newsletter – Winter 2016 Vol. 19 No. 04
ICD-10 What’s Next for ICD-10? Alert Newsletter – Winter 2016 Vol. 19 No. 04
OIG Exclusion List OIG Exclusion List Alert Newsletter – Winter 2016 Vol. 19 No. 04
Tests Who Pays for Normal Tests Alert Newsletter – Winter 2016 Vol. 19 No. 04
Overpayments Self-Identified Overpayments Alert Newsletter – Fall 2016 Vol. 19 No. 03
Medicare Advantage Plans Medicare Advantage Plans Alert Newsletter – Fall 2016 Vol. 19 No. 03
Blepharoplasty Blepharoplasty Alert Newsletter – Fall 2016 Vol. 19 No. 03
Diagnostic Tests Can I Borrow Your Tester? Alert Newsletter – Fall 2016 Vol. 19 No. 03
Compounded Medications Compounded Medications Alert Newsletter – Summer 2016 Vol. 19 No. 02
Endoscopy Endoscopy in Ophthalmology Alert Newsletter – Summer 2016 Vol. 19 No. 02
Place of Service Place of Service Alert Newsletter – Summer 2016 Vol. 19 No. 02
Glaucoma Surgery The Status of Glaucoma Surgery Alert Newsletter – Spring 2016 Vol. 19 No. 01
Eye Exams Coding for Eye Exams Using Eye Codes (920xx) Alert Newsletter – Spring 2016 Vol. 19 No. 01
PROKERA® PROKERA® Alert Newsletter – Spring 2016 Vol. 19 No. 01
Identifying New Patients Identifying New Patients Alert Newsletter – Spring 2016 Vol. 19 No. 01
New in 2016 What’s New in 2016? Alert Newsletter – Winter 2015 Vol. 18 No. 04
Diagnostic Tests Orders for Diagnostic Tests Alert Newsletter – Winter 2015 Vol. 18 No. 04
Co-Management Co-Management: What’s New? Alert Newsletter – Fall 2015 Vol. 18 No. 03
Lacrimal Drug Eluting Implant Lacrimal Drug Eluting Implant Alert Newsletter – Fall 2015 Vol. 18 No. 03
Extended Ophthalmoscopy Extended Ophthalmoscopy Alert Newsletter – Fall 2015 Vol. 18 No. 03
Corneal Hysteresis Corneal Hysteresis Alert Newsletter – Fall 2015 Vol. 18 No. 03
Audits Risk Adjustment Audits Alert Newsletter – Summer 2015 Vol. 18 No. 02
Comparative Billing Reports Comparative Billing Reports Alert Newsletter – Summer 2015 Vol. 18 No. 02
BlephEx BlephEx Treatment of Blepharitis Alert Newsletter – Summer 2015 Vol. 18 No. 02
Autofluorescence Billing for Autofluorescence Alert Newsletter – Summer 2015 Vol. 18 No. 02
Value Based Payment Modifier Value Based Payment Modifier Alert Newsletter – Spring 2015 Vol. 18 No. 01
X Modifiers New X Modifiers for 2015 Alert Newsletter – Spring 2015 Vol. 18 No. 01
Fundus Photography Scanning Laser Fundus Photography Alert Newsletter – Spring 2015 Vol. 18 No. 01
New in 2015 What’s New in 2015? Alert Newsletter – Winter 2014 Vol. 17 No. 04
Omidria Omidria In Cataract Surgery Alert Newsletter – Winter 2014 Vol. 17 No. 04
Cataract Surgery Perisurgical Care and Treatment Alert Newsletter – Winter 2014 Vol. 17 No. 04
Medicare Physician Data Release The Medicare Physician Data Release Alert Newsletter – Fall 2014 Vol. 17 No. 03
Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking Alert Newsletter – Fall 2014 Vol. 17 No. 03
Chief Complaint Appreciating the Chief Complaint Alert Newsletter – Fall 2014 Vol. 17 No. 03
Meaningful Use Medicare Meaningful Use in 2014 Alert Newsletter –
Special Edition 2014
Vol. 17 No. 02
Special Edition
Recovery Audit Contractors Blepharoplasty and Recovery Audit Contractors Alert Newsletter – Summer 2014 Vol. 17 No. 02
ICD-10 ICD-10-CM Delayed Again Alert Newsletter – Summer 2014 Vol. 17 No. 02
Color Vision Testing Color Vision Testing Alert Newsletter – Summer 2014 Vol. 17 No. 02
Cataract Surgery Best Practices for Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery Alert Newsletter – Spring 2014
Vol. 17 No. 01
Intraocular Pressure 24 Hour Intraocular Pressure Monitoring Alert Newsletter – Spring 2014
Vol. 17 No. 01
HIPAA HIPAA Security Risks Alert Newsletter – Spring 2014
Vol. 17 No. 01
New in 2014 What’s New in 2014? Alert Newsletter – Winter 2013 Vol. 16 No. 04
Accountable Care Organizations Accountable Care Organizations Alert Newsletter – Winter 2013 Vol. 16 No. 04
Ultrasonic Biomicroscopy Ultrasonic Biomicroscopy Alert Newsletter – Winter 2013 Vol. 16 No. 04
E/M Coding Medical Decision Making in E/M Coding Alert Newsletter – Fall 2013 Vol. 16 No. 03
Orthoptist Orthoptist: Specialized Physician Extender Alert Newsletter – Fall 2013 Vol. 16 No. 03
Genetic Testing Genetic Testing Alert Newsletter – Fall 2013 Vol. 16 No. 03
Embezzlement Embezzlement: Detection and Prevention Alert Newsletter – Summer 2013 Vol. 16 No. 02
Visual Evoked Potential Visual Evoked Potential Testing Alert Newsletter – Summer 2013 Vol. 16 No. 02
Medically Unlikely Edits Medically Unlikely Edits Alert Newsletter – Summer 2013 Vol. 16 No. 02
Astigmatism Surgery
Astigmatism Correction with Cataract Surgery Alert Newsletter – Spring 2013
Vol. 16 No. 01
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Treatment Alert Newsletter – Spring 2013 Vol. 16 No. 01
Electronic Health Records Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records Alert Newsletter – Spring 2013 Vol. 16 No. 01
New in 2013 What’s New in 2013? Alert Newsletter – Winter 2012 Vol. 15 No. 04
Femtosecond Laser Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Keratoplasty Alert Newsletter – Winter 2012 Vol. 15 No. 04
Intravitreal Injections Reimbursement for Injections During Postop Alert Newsletter – Winter 2012 Vol. 15 No. 04
Meaningful Use Meaningful Use – Part 2 Alert Newsletter – Fall 2012 Vol. 15 No. 03
Dry Eye New Tests and Treatments for Dry Eye Alert Newsletter – Fall 2012 Vol. 15 No. 03
Interpretation and Report Interpretation and Report: What’s it Mean? Alert Newsletter – Fall 2012 Vol. 15 No. 03
Meaningful Use In Health Information Technology, What’s “Meaningful Use”? Alert Newsletter – Summer 2012 Vol. 15 No. 02
ASCs Quality Measures ASCs Quality Measures Alert Newsletter – Summer 2012 Vol. 15 No. 02
Wavefront Aberrometry Wavefront Aberrometry In Eye Care Alert Newsletter – Summer 2012 Vol. 15 No. 02
Keratoconus Keratoconus Alert Newsletter – Spring 2012
Vol. 15 No. 01
Fundus Photography Telehealth with Fundus Photography Alert Newsletter – Spring 2012 Vol. 15 No. 01
New Patients New Patients Alert Newsletter – Spring 2012 Vol. 15 No. 01
New in 2012 What’s New in 2012? Alert Newsletter – Winter 2011 Vol. 14 No. 04
ICD-10 Are you ready for 5010 and ICD-10-CM? Alert Newsletter – Winter 2011 Vol. 14 No. 04
Modifier 24 Using Modifier -24 Alert Newsletter – Winter 2011 Vol. 14 No. 04
Reimbursement How much are You Underpaid? Alert Newsletter – Fall 2011 Vol. 14 No. 03
Plaquenil Plaquenil Update Alert Newsletter – Fall 2011 Vol. 14 No. 03
Internal Chart Review Internal Chart Review Alert Newsletter – Fall 2011 Vol. 14 No. 03
MPFS Indicators Beyond Payment Rates: MPFS Indicators Alert Newsletter – Fall 2011 Vol. 14 No. 03
Physician Extenders Physician Extenders Alert Newsletter – Summer 2011 Vol. 14 No. 02
ICD-10 ICD-10 Alert Newsletter – Summer 2011 Vol. 14 No. 02
Refractive Cataract Surgery Refractive Cataract Surgery Alert Newsletter – Summer 2011 Vol. 14 No. 02
Office Visit Matrix Revision to Corcoran’s Office Visit Matrix Alert Newsletter – Summer 2011 Vol. 14 No. 02
SCODI-A Reimbursement for SCODI-A Alert Newsletter – Summer 2011 Vol. 14 No. 02
Femtosecond Laser Refractive Cataract Surgery with Femtosecond Laser Alert Newsletter – Spring 2011 Vol. 14 No. 01
Pre-Operative Testing Pre-Operative Testing Alert Newsletter – Spring 2011 Vol. 14 No. 01
Overpayment Coping With An Overpayment Alert Newsletter – Spring 2011 Vol. 14 No. 01
Clinical Trials Medicare’s View of Clinical Trials Alert Newsletter – Winter 2010 Vol. 13 No. 04
New in 2011 What’s New in 2011? Alert Newsletter – Winter 2010 Vol. 13 No. 04
Scribes Medical Record Documentation by Scribes Alert Newsletter – Winter 2010 Vol. 13 No. 04
Audits Zealous Regulators Alert Newsletter – Fall 2010 Vol. 13 No. 03
DMEPOS It’s Time to Get Out of Medicare’s DMEPOS Program Alert Newsletter – Fall 2010 Vol. 13 No. 03
Modifier 59 Use and Abuse of Modifier-59 Alert Newsletter – Fall 2010 Vol. 13 No. 03
Grafts Coding for Grafts Alert Newsletter – Summer 2010 Vol. 13 No. 02
Pre-Operative Testing Noncovered Pre-Operative Testing Alert Newsletter – Summer 2010 Vol. 13 No. 02
Informed Consent Understanding Informed Consent Alert Newsletter – Summer 2010 Vol. 13 No. 02
Signatures Signature Guidelines Alert Newsletter – Summer 2010 Vol. 13 No. 02
Health Information Technology Health Information Technology Alert Newsletter – Spring 2010 Vol. 13 No. 01
Premium IOLs Complications Associated With Premium IOLs: Who Pays? Alert Newsletter – Spring 2010 Vol. 13 No. 01
Consultations Consultations Eliminated: What Now? Alert Newsletter – Spring 2010 Vol. 13 No. 01
New in 2010 What’s New in 2010? Alert Newsletter – Winter 2009 Vol. 12 No. 04
ABN ABN Challenge Alert Newsletter – Winter 2009 Vol. 12 No. 04
Dry Eye Dry Eye Alert Newsletter – Fall 2009 Vol. 12 No. 03
Fraud Gabriele Tragedy Following Fraud Indictment Alert Newsletter – Fall 2009 Vol. 12 No. 03
Modifier 25 Use and Abuse of Modifier-25 Alert Newsletter – Fall 2009 Vol. 12 No. 03
HIPAA Two New Rules – HIPAA and Red Flags Alert Newsletter – Fall 2009 Vol. 12 No. 03
Glaucoma Surgery New Glaucoma Surgeries Alert Newsletter – Summer 2009 Vol. 12 No. 02
Ophthalmic Lasers Ophthalmic Lasers Alert Newsletter – Summer 2009 Vol. 12 No. 02
Visual Field Testing Repeated Visual Field Testing Alert Newsletter – Summer 2009 Vol. 12 No. 02
Medicare Surety Bond Medicare Surety Bond for Optical Dispensaries Alert Newsletter – Summer 2009 Vol. 12 No. 02
Anterior Segment Imaging Imaging the Anterior Segment Alert Newsletter – Spring 2009
Vol. 12 No. 01
Oculoplastic Surgery Oculoplastic Surgery: Cosmetic or Reconstructive? Alert Newsletter – Spring 2009
Vol. 12 No. 01
Selling Your Practice For Sale: Great Practice for the Right Doc! Alert Newsletter – Spring 2009 Vol. 12 No. 01
New in 2009 What’s New in 2009? Alert Newsletter – Winter 2008 Vol. 11 No. 05
Locum Tenens Locum Tenens Alert Newsletter – Winter 2008 Vol. 11 No. 05
Wellness An Ounce of Prevention Alert Newsletter – Winter 2008 Vol. 11 No. 05
Medicare Participation Is it time to reconsider your participation in Medicare? Alert Newsletter –
Special Edition 2008
Vol. 11 No. 04
Pseudophakic Monovision Pseudophakic Monovision Alert Newsletter – Fall 2008 Vol. 11 No. 03
Lesion Excision Lumps and Bumps Alert Newsletter – Fall 2008 Vol. 11 No. 03
PQRI PQRI – The Results are in Alert Newsletter – Fall 2008 Vol. 11 No. 03
Concurrent Care Billing for Concurrent Care Alert Newsletter – Fall 2008 Vol. 11 No. 03
IOLs Ancillary Care for Deluxe IOLs Alert Newsletter – Summer 2008 Vol. 11 No. 02
DMEPOS High Hurdle: DMEPOS Accreditation Alert Newsletter – Summer 2008 Vol. 11 No. 02
Eye Exams Coding Eye Exams: Clearing Up The Confusion Alert Newsletter – Summer 2008 Vol. 11 No. 02
ASCs CMS’ New Payment System for ASCs Alert Newsletter – Spring 2008
Vol. 11 No. 01
Punctum Plugs Removal of Punctum Plugs Alert Newsletter – Spring 2008 Vol. 11 No. 01
Uninsured Patients Uninsured and Indigent Patients Alert Newsletter – Spring 2008 Vol. 11 No. 01
New in 2008 What’s New in 2008? Alert Newsletter – Winter 2007 Vol. 10 No. 04
Contrast Sensitivity Contrast Sensitivity Testing Alert Newsletter – Winter 2007 Vol. 10 No. 04
Glaucoma Drainage Devices Glaucoma Drainage Devices Alert Newsletter – Winter 2007 Vol. 10 No. 04
History Taking Building the Foundation – History Taking Alert Newsletter – Fall 2007 Vol. 10 No. 03
Medical Decision Making Medical Decision Making Alert Newsletter – Fall 2007 Vol. 10 No. 03
Corneal Topography Corneal Topography Alert Newsletter – Fall 2007 Vol. 10 No. 03
DSEK Reimbursement Considerations for DSEK and DLEK Alert Newsletter – Summer 2007 Vol. 10 No. 02
Corneal Hysteresis Corneal Hysteresis Alert Newsletter – Summer 2007 Vol. 10 No. 02
Non-Mydriatic Photography Rewards and Challenges Posed by Non-Mydriatic Photography Alert Newsletter – Summer 2007 Vol. 10 No. 02
Cataract Confusing Cataract Cases Alert Newsletter – Spring 2007
Vol. 10 No. 01
Toric IOLs FAQ – Toric IOLs Alert Newsletter – Spring 2007
Vol. 10 No. 01
Intravitreal Injections Lucentis vs Avastin – Who Pays? Alert Newsletter – Spring 2007
Vol. 10 No. 01
Perimetry Preferential Hyperacuity Perimetry Alert Newsletter – Spring 2007
Vol. 10 No. 01
New in 2007 What’s New in 2007? Alert Newsletter – Winter 2006 Vol. 09 No. 04
Astigmatism Addressing Astigmatism Adds Value Alert Newsletter – Winter 2006 Vol. 09 No. 04
Credentialing A Credentialing Primer Alert Newsletter – Winter 2006 Vol. 09 No. 04
Office Visits Stumbling Over Office Visits Alert Newsletter – Fall 2006 Vol. 09 No. 03
Co-Management Co-Management of Refractive Cataract Surgery with P-C IOLs Alert Newsletter – Fall 2006 Vol. 09 No. 03
IOLs New Technology IOLs: Next up, Tecnis® Alert Newsletter – Summer 2006 Vol. 09 No. 02
Consultations Consultations Revisited Alert Newsletter – Summer 2006 Vol. 09 No. 02
Electronic Medical Records Electronic Medical Records – Why? Why Not? Alert Newsletter – Spring 2006
Vol. 09 No. 01
AMD Getting a Jump on AMD Alert Newsletter – Spring 2006 Vol. 09 No. 01
Contact Lenses Managing Contact Lenses Alert Newsletter – Winter 2005 Vol. 08 No. 04
Claim Rejection Handling Claim Rejection Alert Newsletter – Fall 2005 Vol. 08 No. 03
Chief Complaint Getting a Chief Complaint Alert Newsletter – Fall 2005 Vol. 08 No. 03
Presbyopia IOLs Presbyopia-Correcting IOLs Alert Newsletter – Summer 2005 Vol. 08 No. 02
Minor Procedures Frequently Asked Questions About Minor Procedures Alert Newsletter – Summer 2005 Vol. 08 No. 02
AMD All About AMD Alert Newsletter – Spring 2005
Vol. 08 No. 01
ICD-9 Getting ICD-9 Codes Right Alert Newsletter – Spring 2005 Vol. 08 No. 01
New in 2005 What’s New in 2005? Alert Newsletter – Winter 2004 Vol. 07 No. 04
DMERC DMERC Update Alert Newsletter – Winter 2004 Vol. 07 No. 04
Tests New Twist on Tests Alert Newsletter – Fall 2004 Vol. 07 No. 03
Revenue Cycle Management Dealing with Accounts Receivable – Case Study Alert Newsletter – Fall 2004 Vol. 07 No. 03
Modifier 25 Use and Misuse of Modifier -25 Alert Newsletter – Summer 2004 Vol. 07 No. 02
Consultations Consultations – A Refresher Alert Newsletter – Summer 2004 Vol. 07 No. 02
Physician Fee Schedules Physician Fee Schedules Alert Newsletter – Spring 2004
Vol. 07 No. 01
Refractions Refractions Alert Newsletter – Spring 2004 Vol. 07 No. 01
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