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June 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).

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Practice Management
Fraud or Abuse: You Make the Call on Coding Mistakes
As reported to the Academy, Medicare is currently auditing the following coding mistakes. Some are the result of focused medical review audits, others from whistle-blowing cases. Auditors will determine if these errors are a result of coding mistakes or an intentional act.

Words of Wisdom for New Graduates
After the confetti has fallen and the congratulations have been extended comes the realization that you just graduated and are now embarking on a life in ophthalmology. It is usually about this time that the panic sets in. What are you supposed to do now?

Clinical Pearls for Pediatric Ophthalmology
Whether you are currently in your residency or in the early years of practice, providing children’s eye care requires a unique approach. Many ophthalmologists fear the child on their schedule due to the additional time required and complexities that comes with this examination. However, with the right approach and charm, caring for children can be a very rewarding and fun experience.

From Past to Present: The Changing Demographics of Women in Medicine
Despite ongoing challenges, there are currently more women in medicine than at any point in history. And, according to Ann M. Renucci, MD, a corneal and external disease specialist in Grand Rapids, Mich., women continue to gain greater representation in academic medicine and in leadership positions.

Events & Resources

Member Registration for Annual Meeting Opens June 25
Learn more about this year's Joint Meeting in Atlanta with the European Society of Ophthalmology, Nov. 8 to 11. Nonmember registration and housing open July 9.

Join Us in Atlanta for the YO Program and YO Lounge!
From free Wi-Fi in the new YO Lounge to the expertise of practice management consultants like Wesley Millican, you won't want to miss all the Annual Meeting events, resources and courses designed especially for young ophthalmologists.

Preferred Practice Patterns: Conjunctivitis
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 provides a link to a PPP to help familiarize young ophthalmologists with this important resource.