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January 2008

YO Info™ is the American Academy of Ophthalmology's newsletter for young ophthalmologists (YOs) — those in training as well as in their first few years in practice.

This newsletter provides YOs with information about practice management, coding and insurance questions, balancing work and family, and many other issues relevant to YOs. You'll also learn more about resources and services that are already available to you from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives (AAOE).

Editor's Note
Starting with this issue, YO Info will now be published monthly. Our goal is to create shorter issues more frequently, in order to bring you the latest practice management news and Academy-related information in a quick-to-read format. Let us know what articles you would like to see in YO Info by sending an e-mail to

Practice Management
Coding Program Q&A
Following the morning session of the YO Program at the Annual Meeting in New Orleans, several people had some very specific coding questions. Here are the more common questions and their answers, as provided by Sue Vicchrilli, the coding executive for the American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives.

2008 CPT Update
A quick overview of the six significant changes in CPT impacting ophthalmology for 2008.

Ambassador Program Takes Members-in-Training to Washington
For the fifth year in a row, the Academy and several partners are giving members-in-training a chance to get firsthand exposure to critical issues facing ophthalmology and the face-to-face meetings Academy advocates hold with their national legislators during Congressional Advocacy Day and the Mid-Year Forum in Washington, D.C.

2007 Annual Meeting
YO Program Draws a Crowd
Kris Gillian, MD, of the Academy’s Young Ophthalmologist Committee provides an overview of the 2007 YO Program in New Orleans. Young and young-at-heart physicians from New York to California and as far away as Kenya gathered to listen and take notes on everything from advocacy and coding to marketing and negotiating one's first contract.

One to One: David W. Parke II, MD
Academy President David W. Parke II, MD, recounts his own experiences as a young ophthalmologist and what lead him to choose a life in academia. In addition to sharing his thoughts on the future of ophthalmology and medicine in general, he also talks about his role models and the effect they have had on his life and career.

Events & Resources

ISRS/AAO Annual Regional Meeting: Refractive and Cataract Surgery, Today and Tomorrow
May 29 to 31 in Cancun, Mexico

Registration is now open. This fourth annual regional meeting is in partnership with the Asociación Latina de Cirugia de Catarata Refractiva y Segmento Anterior and the Centro Mexicano de Cornea y Cirugia Refractiva.

EyeSmart Tackles Glaucoma Awareness
The Academy’s public awareness campaign rolls into 2008 with a new poster on glaucoma. The message is important for your patients: those with glaucoma should talk to their families about the disease, due to the importance of family history as a risk factor.

Help the Academy raise awareness of eye disease and of the critical role ophthalmologists play. Sign up today for a FREE EyeSmart Office Kit, which includes a brochure, tabletop stand, a general awareness poster, the new glaucoma poster and more.

Preferred Practice Patterns: Diabetic Retinopathy
As a service to its members and the public, the Academy has developed a series of guidelines called Preferred Practice Patterns™ (PPP) that identify characteristics and components of quality eye care. The YO Info newsletter will regularly include a link to a PPP to help familiarize young ophthalmologists with this important resource.