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11.11.17 – New Orleans, Louisiana | AAO 2017 | American Academy Of Ophthalmology

AAO 2017
2017 November 11 to 14
New Orleans, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

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Master Classes: Acquire In-depth Knowledge and Strategies | Nov. 11
Hone your expertise with the 4-hour interactive courses on exciting new topics, including lean management techniques and patient engagement. For those new to practice administration, intensive courses get you up to speed in your new position and provide invaluable resource materials.

Demystifying Finance and Accounting for the Non-Accountant
Developed specifically for physicians and administrators without formal finance and accounting training, this essential workshop takes the mystery out of your money management. You’ll learn how to properly analyze the books and paint a comprehensive financial picture of your practice. At the conclusion, you’ll understand balance sheets, cash flow, and the other key accounting concepts needed to keep your practice in the black.

Running a Successful Retina Practice
Retina practices face unique management challenges that require specific expertise and understanding. Created especially for new retina administrators, this master class will deliver the foundational information and tools you need to succeed. Topics include billing and collections; working with the IRIS Registry; efficient staff use; retina in the ASC; marketing and referrals for growth; and more.

The Lean Practice: Concrete Strategies for Unlocking Your Practice’s Profitability and Patient Satisfaction
In an increasingly complex healthcare environment, busy practices face constant pressure to do more with less. This master class will walk you step-by-step through the most effective ways to meet the challenge and thrive. Learn how you can apply specific lean strategies with your staff to increase overall practice efficiency, revenue and improve patient satisfaction. Discover how you can achieve practice efficiency without adding resources or minimizing the time doctors spend with patients. Attendees will be grouped by practice size and specialty to enrich information exchange.

Human Resources: An Interactive Review of Rights and Regulations
This highly interactive master class will focus specifically on regulatory topics that have an impact on human resources and employment issues in your ophthalmic practice. An expert panel, using an audience polling throughout the session, will explore the legal and practical implications surrounding employee performance, compensation, evaluation, and dismissal, as well as physician-specific employment issues. Join the discussion and share solutions to diverse workplace challenges like social media use and employee discipline that you and your colleagues experience every day.

Coding Sessions: Code it Right from the Start | Nov. 11
Ophthalmic coding is constantly in flux, and keeping on top of the changes is essential to ensure timely reimbursements and avoid audits. Attend the popular coding sessions, where all the latest changes are aggregated for you in just a few short hours by the Academy’s renowned coding experts.

  • Fundamentals of Ophthalmic Coding (17CODE1), 9 a.m. to Noon | Room 293-295
  • Coding Camp (17CODE2), 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Room 293-295

Fundamentals of Ophthalmic Coding
Whether you’re new to ophthalmology or well established in coding fundamentals, you’ll leave this interactive 3-hour session with your core knowledge up-to-date on essential coding principles. Gain a firm understanding of the different types of payers, and learn how to use modifiers in an exam and surgical settings. Test your coding competency throughout the course with interactive audience response units.

Coding Camp
Attend this often-sold-out intermediate coding session to audit-proof your documentation while appropriately maximizing reimbursement. The course will cover all aspects of ophthalmic coding for all payers and subspecialties. Test your coding competency throughout the course with interactive audience response units. Coding Camp 2017 includes: reporting details for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, plus answers to the most common and challenging coding scenarios for every specialty. Learn how to protect your documentation in an audit setting, and get valuable tips for increasing your modifier application.

Instruction Courses: Covering Essentials from A-Z | Nov. 12 to 14
Discover solutions to your practice management challenges with more than 100 instruction courses, many of which are new this year.

New! Hot Topics Roundtables | Nov. 12
8 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. | Room 288-289
Attend this perfect kick-off to AAO 2017. Reconnect with and learn from your colleagues through engaging Hot Topics Roundtable discussions focused on current and trending topics in ophthalmic practice. Moderators are assigned to each table to keep discussions moving and attendees floating to new tables for the best use of this learning opportunity.

AAOE General Session: Start With Why | Nov. 12
10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. | Room 291-292
When we know why we do what we do, our work becomes more purposeful and powerful. In this keynote, executive coach, Peter Docker will help us explore how our «why» can be used as inspiration for extraordinary results. The program is free and seating is limited. Must be registered for AAO 2017. The American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives acknowledges the following companies for their generous support of the AAOE General Session:

  • Omeros
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Networking at AAO 2017 | Nov. 11 to 14
There’s no place like AAO 2017 to connect with your professional network. Member surveys consistently affirm the value of connecting with colleagues, sharing ideas, challenges and success stories. The connections you make here will be an invaluable resource throughout the year. Don’t miss the AAOE Member-Appreciation Reception on Saturday evening and come by the AAOE lounge (Room 298 – 299) during exhibition hours.

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New Inspiration
AAO 2017 will take place Nov. 11 – 14, 2017 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA. Where All of Ophthalmology Meets

New Sights
New Orleans is one of the world’s most culturally rich destinations. Renowned for its restaurants and music, French Quarter and Garden District, Condé Nast Traveler has named New Orleans the No. 5 Best Big City in the U.S. as a part of the travel publication’s Reader’s Choice Awards 2016. In addition, Travel+Leisure named New Orleans one of “America’s Most Charming Cities”, January 2017.

Tour the famous cemeteries, peek behind-the-scenes at Mardi Gras floats, take a steamboat down the river or walk through its beautiful neighborhoods.

Take an Academy Tour
The Academy offers a wide range of tours, open to AAO 2017 registrants and their spouses and guests.