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October 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).

Practice Management
Six Tips for Surviving a Medicare Fee Cut
Ophthalmologists across the country recently had a little taste of what life might be like if the ever-threatened cuts in Medicare reimbursements were to be put into place. Because Congress was unable to agree on legislation prior to June 1 to delay the cuts due to the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, Medicare ordered carriers to hold payments for three weeks, causing cash-flow problems in many practices.

Joint Meeting
Coding, Contracts and Community: Six Pearls from the 2010 YO Program
Wow! What a week. As I head home from my first Academy meeting, I finally have the time to reflect on what an outstanding organization our Academy really is. The most memorable part was my interaction with the motivated, energetic and focused budding physicians in our field at the Young Ophthalmologist Program. I wish every young ophthalmologist could have made it to this excellent program, but as we all know, sometimes being the “young ophthalmologist” in training or in practice means you can’t make it to a lot of things. I hope you make it in the future, but I’ll include some facts that I found interesting from the meeting to hopefully help you.

Three Keys to Incorporating Latisse into Your Practice
Successfully integrating the eyelash-growth prescription Latisse into your practice can present unusual challenges for the general ophthalmologist and the oculoplastics specialist, alike. First, although it is simple enough to offer your patients prescriptions for the medication, it may be difficult to build interest — to initiate or to encourage the dialogue. Second, because Latisse is applied by patients themselves, maintaining a substantial patient volume that is using the medication and following up regularly for Latisse refills can be difficult. How, then, may ophthalmologists overcome these challenges?

YO Spotlight: Seven Questions for Bente Haughom, MD
For this month’s YO Spotlight, we talked to Bente Haughom, MD, of Oslo, Norway, a graduate of the European Society of Ophthalmology’s 2007-2009 Leadership Development Programme. Dr. Haughom is a member of the Academy’s Global ONE Advisory Board and splits her time between a small private practice and the Institute of Aviation Medicine in Oslo (located at the University in Oslo, but a military position). Following medical school at the University of Oslo, she completed her training at the University Hospital in Oslo and then worked three years at a small ophthalmology unit in Fredrikstad, which she describes as “very rewarding.”

NEW! Academy Online Community Highlights
YO Info
picks the most relevant recent discussions among your peers.

Events and Resources

Residents: Win a Trip to the 2011 Mid-Year Forum
Contribute to one of four content areas on EyeWiki, the Academy’s new online ophthalmology encyclopedia project, and you could win a trip to the 2011 Mid-Year Forum in Washington, D.C., April 6 to 9. Contest is open to North American ophthalmology residents and entries must be received by Dec. 1.

Help Us Improve YO Info! Take Our Brief Survey
If you haven’t had a chance to respond to our reader survey yet, would you answer seven questions for us? It should only take a couple minutes, but will help us tailor coverage to the needs and interests of our readers. Thanks! Take the survey.

Preferred Practice Patterns: Comprehensive Adult Medical Eye 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. YO Info will regularly include a link to a PPP, policy statement or other resource to help familiarize young ophthalmologists with these important resources.