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June 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
Selecting a Medical Billing Vendor
With declining reimbursement rates and rising operating expenses, it’s no surprise the business of health care has become more complex. As a result, the practice administrator has less time to manage the myriad of practice needs. These include ongoing challenges with patient benefit plans, issues related to computer system technologies, the privacy of data stored on those systems and the multifaceted laws surrounding all aspects of human resource management. All of this leaves even less time to manage the critical billing and collections process.

Advocacy
Resident Perspective: YOs on Capitol Hill
When my twin sister and I started our residencies in ophthalmology, we never predicted that less than a year later we would be in Washington, D.C., on Capitol Hill, meeting with legislators to preserve the quality of eye care in our nation. We did not imagine we would be presenting to the Council of the Academy, expressing our gratitude for their efforts in preserving the future of our profession. This is how it happened...

Features
Resident Perspective: What’s Next for the Academy — Twit-Book?
What brought you to this article — was it the title? An attention-grabbing link in an e-mail? Something that caught your interest while surfing aao.org? While you’ve probably already decided if you are going to skim the rest of this article, I ask you to please continue. We live in the Google age, where we are used to having everything we need available to us — right now. Some argue that we are no longer engaged in our surroundings, as we are able to check e-mail and surf the Web with our smartphones at anytime. This is often perceived as a bad thing, but the Academy makes the proposal that this free access to information can actually strengthen the ophthalmology community.

Do PhRMA Code Revisions Benefit the Patient?
On Jan. 1, my Alcon pharmaceutical representative informed me that the company was no longer going to provide complimentary kits to patients after cataract surgery. These kits (which contain an eye shield, tape, sunglasses and drug samples of the physician’s choice) help organize patients after their cataract surgery and ensure they have the basic medication necessary to begin a proper recovery.

Events and Resources

Joint Meeting Housing Opens June 24; Will You Be Ready?
Member housing for the Academy’s Joint Meeting in San Francisco opens June 24 (registration has been delayed until June 30). Make sure you’re ready you’re ready to register: log in to the Academy’s Web site (see button, above right) and verify your username and password. (Due to a recent system upgrade, you may be asked to change your login information.) Can’t remember your password? Click the “forgot password” link below the login information. Note that Academy staff will not be able to provide forgotten usernames or passwords.

How to Approach the Debate over Health Care's Value
With all the talk about reform of late, remarks given by the Academy’s CEO and EVP David W. Parke II, MD, are timelier than ever and just as eloquent today as when they opened the Joint Meeting in Atlanta. View video.

YO Selected for AMA Community Service Award
Frequent YO Info contributor Robert Melendez, MD, has been selected (along with two others) to receive the 2009 AMA-Young Physician Section Community Service Award. He was also quoted in a recent story on President Obama’s speech to the AMA.

Preferred Practice Patterns: Pediatric Eye Evaluations: Screening and Comprehensive Ophthalmic Evaluation
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.