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May 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
Developing Your Documentation and Corresponding Coding Program
Practice managers and clinical managers often call documentation and coding “the silent monster.” The outcomes of documentation and coding, which are important billing components, are hidden away in the patient’s medical record. They only raise their ugly head when some event such as a chart audit by Medicare, Medicaid, a vision-insurance plan, a third-party medical insurance or a lawsuit requires us to copy the chart and send it for review.

Inside Information on Successful Coding
These coding tips will help you achieve documentation compliance, which will result in proper payment of claims the first time.

What Your Family Life Means for Your Patients: Seven Questions for Matthew Appenzeller, MD
For this month’s YO Spotlight, we talked to Matthew Appenzeller, MD, an alum of both Teach for America and the Medical University of South Carolina, who is part of a small group practice with Academy past president Michael Brennan, MD, and others in Burlington, N.C. Dr. Appenzeller talks about his passion for advocacy and why patients benefit when their doctor has a happy family.

The CATT: What Does It Mean for Treating AMD Now?
Arguably the most exciting news from this year’s Association for Vision in Research and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual meeting was the one-year outcomes of the CATT (Comparison of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatments Trial) study. This trial addressed the relative safety and efficacy of bevacizumab (Avastin) and ranibizumab (Lucentis), both manufactured by Genentech, in the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). These clinical pearls will be devoted to discussing the results of the trial and what they mean to us as clinicians.

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

Events and Resources

YOs Win Mid-Year Forum Contests
Dr. Chun's winning photo Two YOs were readers’ and viewers’ favorites in this year’s Mid-Year Forum contests. Adam Chun, MD, won the photo contest for his picture with Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., and Lisa Nijm, MD, won the story contest for her post about the inspiration she felt seeing ophthalmologists come together and speak with one voice on the Capitol. Dr. Chun was a 2011 advocacy ambassador sponsored to attend the Mid-Year Forum by the South Carolina Society of Ophthalmology. He and Dr. Nijm both won Flip HD video cameras.

Going to SOE in Geneva? Don’t Miss These YO Events
YOs planning to attend the Joint Congress of the Academy and European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) in Geneva, June 4 to 7, should be sure to attend the June 7 symposium jointly developed by the SOE and Academy YO committees, “Young Ophthalmologists in International Ophthalmology.” The SOE YO Committee has also organized a second symposium, “Think or Sink: Avoiding Complications in Cataract Surgery” (June 5). Throughout the meeting, mix and mingle with YO colleagues from around the world in the YO Lounge. And don’t miss the June 5 YO Reception in the lounge with members of the SOE YO Committee and SOE leadership.

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Preferred Practice Patterns: Revised Recommendations on Screening for Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine Retinopathy
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.