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February 2011

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
Coding Tips for the Young Ophthalmologist
One way of attracting unwanted audit attention is duplicate claim submissions. A duplicate claim is defined as a claim submitted to Medicare from the same provider, for the same beneficiary, for the same item or service, for the same date of service.

Will this Year’s Congress Decide Your Future? What You Can Do to Have Input
Every year, the Academy’s Mid-Year Forum in Washington, D.C., is an opportunity to make a difference for ophthalmology. This year that chance coincides with a particularly important historical moment. For the first time since 1939, there are more than 100 new members of Congress. That’s 20 percent new members and staff, all of whom very likely don’t know the difference between an ophthalmologist and optometrist.

RSS 101: How to Stay Up on the News that Matters to You
In the modern era of the technological superhighway, we are bombarded with a constant drum of digital information. The task of sifting out information that may personally affect you or your profession is daunting. But imagine you have a personal assistant who summarizes all the new information in the world relevant to you.

Disrupted but Undaunted: Richard L. Abbott’s Quest to Improve Eye Care Abroad and at Home
Outside disruptions to surgery are never easy to plan for, but in the case of a 1989 surgery in China, Richard L. Abbott, MD, faced not just an unexpected disruption, but a historic one. On a trip with ORBIS to teach corneal transplants, he found himself in the midst of the riots in Tiananmen Square.

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

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

Study Tips from Our Editorial Board

  1. Approach the boards like you would the OKAPs and use whatever method/references you used to study for the OKAPs to study for the written boards.
  2. Take a multifaceted approach to studying: simultaneously employ self-directed reading, lecture courses, study groups and questions.
  3. Set aside a quiet time each day (ex. 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m.) to study before work - without phone calls, pages, or other interruptions.

What is the most successful method of maintaining alignment when repositioning a Descemet's membrane detachment?

A. Fill anterior chamber with a dispersive viscoelastic material
B. Place sutures to maintain position of Descemet's detachment
C. Placement of air or SF6 gas in the anterior chamber
D. Fill anterior chamber with a cohesive viscoelastic material
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Refractive Management
A patient complains of a starburst pattern and haze around lights at night with her pseudophakic eye. Her vision is correctable to 20/50. The pupil dilates to 8 mm, revealing an opacified posterior capsule. A 2 mm neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser posterior capsulotomy is subsequently performed and the patient's visual acuity returns to 20/20. Although her symptoms improve, she still complains of haze and starburst with oncoming headlights at night. Which one of the following is the most likely cause?

A. Vitreous Floaters in the visual axis
B. Capsular opening too small for scotopic pupil
C. Positioning holes in IOL optic within the capsular opening
D. IOL optically damaged with the ND:YAG laser
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Events and Resources

Mid-Year Forum Registration, Housing Closing Soon
Planning to attend this year’s Mid-Year Forum and/or Congressional Advocacy Day? You only have a few weeks left. Register for the forum by March 16; housing closes March 8. The Mid-Year Forum is April 6 to 9 in Washington, D.C. To attend the forum as part of the Academy’s Advocacy Ambassador Program, contact your state and/or subspecialty society.

2010 YO Program Audio Capture Now Available
Whether you missed the YO Program in Chicago or want to review one of the sessions, you can now access the audio captures of each presentation. The program covered coding, work-life balance, contracts and buy-ins and included a panel discussion on different practice types. Listen to sessions (Flash required).

Use ‘Save Your Vision Month’ to Educate the Public with Resources from EyeSmart
February is Save Your Vision Month, a great time to remind your community that even those who’ve never needed to visit your office are vulnerable to eye disease and reduced vision as they age. It’s easy to send that reminder with FREE resources from the Academy’s EyeSmart™ public awareness campaign, which include a template Save Your Vision Month press release and short article on the importance of baseline eye disease screening at age 40, suitable for newsletters and other patient communications. Get this and other materials, including advice on reaching out to your local media, at Find the press release and template newsletter article in the “promotional resources” section.

Preferred Practice Patterns: Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma
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.