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January 2009

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).

Practice Management
Record Retention and Destruction
While ideally records should be kept forever, this is not always practical. To ensure that present and future patient needs are adequately met, and that allegations of malpractice can be successfully defended, retain records according to the following guidelines. Once the retention guidelines have been met, the records may be destroyed.

Be Prepared for an Audit
When ophthalmologists are audited and they want the best-case/worst-case scenario, they tend to call me. It is interesting to note that when a physician calls, he/she begins with, "Guess what my staff has done wrong." And when a staff person calls, the conversation tends to begin with, "Guess what the doctor has been doing incorrectly." While it is true that the physician is ultimately responsible for documentation and subsequent code and diagnosis code selection, staff must be of immediate and ongoing assistance. Here are three ways your office can be prepared for an audit.

Medicine Under Obama: The Impact for Ophthalmology
As the new administration takes office this month, there seems to be a great deal of anxiety among ophthalmologists regarding the possibility of a single-payer system. Let’s take a look at how this could play out.

A Few Good Resolutions: YO Info’s Editorial Board Shares Their Plans for a Better 2009
With the new year in full swing, we wondered what the new YO Info editorial board had on their resolution list. Meet the new board members and compare their diverse goals for 2009 with your own, then check out our list of recommended resources.

One-to-One: Michael Brennan, MD
He’s a volunteer for the Defense and State Departments and a self-described “accidental doctor” who didn’t become a YO until his 40s. Meet Michael Brennan, MD, the Academy's 2009 president. In a YO Info exclusive, this fascinating ophthalmologist shares how his passion for exploration led to a group practice in Burlington, N.C., and leadership in his profession.

Events and Resources

Watch or Review the 2008 YO Program
The Web capture from the most recent YO Program in Atlanta is now available for viewing, by individual segment. Catch all the great advice you missed, or refresh your memory of key points from experts like Sue Vicchrilli and Wesley Millican. View program.

Is Your Eye on Efficiency? Take Advantage of New Resource Section
To help ophthalmologists prepare for the coming baby boomer-led increase in patients, the Academy has launched a new section of resources designed to help practices maximize efficiency. Learn more.

Preferred Practice Patterns: Idiopathic Macular Hole
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.