The American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives (AAOE), the practice management arm of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) are partners in offering the Ophthalmic Coding Specialist (OCS) Exam.
The OCS Exam is designed to test the coding knowledge of professionals in ophthalmology. This open-book exam includes questions on 19 content areas including anatomy and physiology, optical dispensing, neuro-ophthalmology, E&M and eye codes. Each area is represented in the 100 question exam.
After completing the test, you will receive feedback to help improve your coding and documentation abilities. Those who attaina passing score of 80 percent or higher on this exam will be awarded the OCS Certificate of Completion.
The exam costs $199 but it is a great investment. It must be taken online. You are allowed to complete the exam in more than one session where your answers will be saved from one session to the next. However, you must complete the exam within 10 days from the date of purchase.
Upon submitting your exam, you will receive a Pass or Fail grade immediately. Regardless of your score, you will receive a performance breakdown indicating which content areas with one or more incorrect answers. If you pass the exam your Certificate of Completion will be sent to you within two to six weeks.
We hope that you are convinced about the importance of getting your OCS certification. The process is easy and benefits are abundant!
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Editor's Note: This post was originally published on November 2012. It has been updated for relevance and richness of content on February 2020.