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March 2010

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: This month we launch a new look for YO Info. With nearly three years gone since our launch, we figured it was about time. Let us know what you think by e-mailing yo_info@aao.org.

Practice Management
Practice Management Consultants — Who Needs Them?
You’ve made great accomplishments within the practice, whether by implementing electronic health records, opening up a new office or redesigning an existing one, increasing practice revenues, motivating staff, reducing A/R and improving patient flow. Yet, I would venture to guess that you are probably not completely content just to get the job done. There is a continuous drive to exceed the expectations of your patients, staff and physicians. That’s where a practice management consultant can become a great resource for your practice.

Three Tips for Fraud Avoidance When Altering Medical Records
Chart audits have revealed that some providers are altering medical records inappropriately. CMS reminds physicians not to alter the documentation after a request for records has been received. Improper altering often fails into two categories.

Advocacy
Are You Ready for EHR Reform?
As we discussed last month, there are a variety of presentations and hearings at this year's upcoming Mid-Year Forum that address critical issues facing ophthalmology today. All sessions provide helpful information and advice for YOs and practicing ophthalmologists alike, but one in particular discusses a topic that is critical to your practice: the session on getting paid for using an electronic health record (EHR) system, chaired by Michael Chiang, MD.

Feature
Getting a Better Employment Agreement, Pt. 2: Four Keys to Negotiating Well
Last month, we talked about four keys to preparing for employment-contract negotiation: articulating your goals, knowing your strengths and weaknesses, sizing up your negotiation partner and identifying what both parties agree to so these can be taken off the list of what to negotiate. Now we’ll look more closely at the actual negotiation and the four keys for getting a better employment agreement.

NEW! Boards Prep
YO Info
helps you prepare for the big test with questions from ProVision. Join the YO Group on www.aao.org/community to get the answers and share board-prep tips and questions with other YOs.

1. Pediatric/Strabismus
A previously healthy 6-year-old boy presents with rapid onset of unilateral painless proptosis. The computed tomography scan results are shown in the figure. Prompt work-up is required to rule out which one of the following diagnoses?

A. Hemangioma of the orbit
B. Lymphangioma of the orbit
C. Maxillary sinus mucocele
D. Rhabdomyosarcoma of the orbit
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2. Refractive Management
Epithelial basement membrane dystrophy carries a greater risk of which complication of laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK)?

A. Thin flap
B. Diffuse Lamellar Keratitis
C. Buttonhole Flap
D. Free Cap Flap
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Events and Resources

Stray Balls or Bats Putting Your Patients’ Sight at Risk? Make Sure They’re EyeSmart Athletes
With spring in full swing, your patients and their children are probably resuming warm-weather sports – increasing their likelihood of sports-related eye injuries. This Sports Eye Safety Month, make sure the posters in your waiting or examination rooms are up to date with the FREE eye injury poster from the Academy’s EyeSmart™ public awareness campaign. And if you have a patient Web site or newsletter, use one of our timely eye health articles to remind them of the importance of proper eye protection for the sports they or loved ones may play. Learn more about these and other free materials from the campaign at www.aao.org/eyesmartcampaign.

Are You One of Two or More Generations of Eye M.D.s in Your Family?
Through a partnership with the Academy Seniors called the Legacy Project, the Museum of Vision is keeping a record of multi-generation families in ophthalmology. Share your story or read about other such families on the museum’s newly revamped Web site, www.museumofvision.org.

Help Those in Need - Be an International Volunteer
Globally, 37 million people are blind, 90 percent of which live in developing countries. Even though 75 percent of blindness is treatable and/or preventable, people living in developing nations are five to 10 times likelier to become blind than people in high-income nations. Share your knowledge and skills with ophthalmologists and patients in developing countries through the EyeCare Volunteer Registry. Register online and search for a volunteer site that fits your skills and interests.

Featured Academy Resource: Infection Prevention in Eye Care Services and Operating Areas and Operating Rooms
As a service to its members and the public, the Academy has developed a variety of guidelines and policy statements related to quality eye care. YO Info will regularly include a link to a PPP, policy statement or other resource to help familiarize young ophthalmologists with these important resources.