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August 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
Common Coding Errors
To help you navigate the often-confusing world of coding, we’ve compiled several of the most common coding errors and the correct way to code these procedures. Topics include: suture removal, benign and malignant skin lesion removal, complications during the global period, exam before second eye surgery, two providers same day and A-scan coding 76519 and 92136.

Maximizing Patient Referrals
Your patients present a golden opportunity to market your practice. Should you overlook or choose not to cultivate this group of credible advocates, you may be passing up a low-cost, high-return method of marketing and growing your practice.

Joint Meeting
Why You Should Eat Breakfast with the Experts
Whether this is your first time to the Annual Meeting or your fifth, deciding which events to attend can be overwhelming. Fortunately, you can still benefit from great, YO-focused information without missing any of the regularly scheduled events by taking part in the Breakfasts with the Experts.

Are You an Undiscovered Rock Star?
The band Journey lost their lead singer last year. In search for a new lead singer, Neil Schon, one of the band’s founders, turned to YouTube and searched for singers online. After a couple days of searching, Schon found a young singer halfway around the world in the Philippines. His name is Arnel Pineda, and after auditioning in Marin County, his incredible voice landed him the job as lead singer. Journey’s national tour is sold out everywhere, and the craze about Pineda is spreading like wildfire. This Cinderella story illustrates the power of the Internet and how it can be used to connect individuals around the world. But before you can be found on the Internet, you must know how to publish on the Web.

10 Pearls for Treating Uveitis
By the time a patient arrives at a uveitis clinic, he or she is usually very frustrated. The patient has seen multiple doctors, and not just ophthalmologists. He or she has been on a variety of corticosteroid, topical, oral or injectable medications and may have had several surgeries. The inflammation often comes back when the medications are tapered, and the patient still doesn’t have a “diagnosis.”

Events & Resources

Join Us in Atlanta for the YO Program!
Have you registered for the Joint Meeting and booked your housing yet? This year’s meeting features numerous courses and events for ophthalmologists in their first few years of practice, including a special session on "Training, Globalization and the Young Ophthalmologist." Review the YO Program.

Socialize After Dark
In addition to all the special courses and sessions packed into the Joint Meeting, there are also several evening events you won’t want to miss. On Sunday, Nov. 9, the YO Committee hosts the annual YO Reception and on Saturday, Nov. 8, YOs can attend the OPHTHPAC Reception with a minimum contribution of $50! (Residents can attend for a minimum contribution of $25.) There will also be a social hour in the YO Lounge on Saturday and Monday, Nov. 8 and 10.

Preferred Practice Patterns: Age-Related Macular Degeneration
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.