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August 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).

Interpreting the Remittance Article
“Look at the amount we billed. Look at what the insurance company allowed. Write off the difference and bill the patient or the second insurance the difference.” Those words were the only training I received when I started processing the explanations of medical benefits now referred to as remittance advice (RA). The reality is there is so much more to know.

Practice Management
Get Hip to HIPAA 5010: What It Is and What You Need to Know
As federal regulations push the health care industry toward e-medicine, an important change is scheduled for Jan. 1. That’s the date all practices must begin submitting claims by HIPAA 5010 standards, instead of the HIPAA 4010 standards now in use. The bad news: As of Jan. 1, any and all non-compliant claims will be rejected (with the exception of Workers Comp) and practices won’t get paid. The good news is that, unless you’re a very small practice or solo practitioner, most of the transition process will be handled by various practice vendors and IT staff.

Annual Meeting
International Attendees' Guide to the Annual Meeting
Being a first-time attendee to the Annual Meeting can be overwhelming for any YO. When do you register? How do you get there and where should you stay? And once you’re there, how do you make sense of it all…the courses, symposiums, labs, receptions, breakfasts and dinners? Now imagine you are trying to do all that from outside of the United States! It boggles the mind! To help you plan and organize your time in Orlando, we consulted the Academy’s YO International Subcommittee, which is fresh off recent joint YO sessions with the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) and Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology. Here’s their advice.

How to Have a Great Year in Residency
The start of any residency is always a little hectic, to say the least. To help get you off to a good start – whether this is your first year or your third – the YO Info editorial board thought you could use a few tips for a great year in residency. Here’s their advice.

Handling Negative Comments About Your Practice: How to Respond
As a YO just starting your career, the last thing you want is a negative online comment or review. So how do you deal with them? I suggest looking at them like a box of lemons. Confused? Read on.

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

Focal Points

The Dissatisfied Presbyopia-Correcting IOL Patient
As the population steadily ages, an increasing number of individuals will develop presbyopia and cataracts. In addition to seeking cosmetic surgery in an effort to remain youthful in their physical appearance, many patients are similarly attracted to refractive cataract surgery to correct their presbyopia and regain their ability to focus clearly at distance vision and near vision without glasses. The optical advantages of presbyopia-correcting IOLs (PrCIOLs) are sometimes outweighed by visual side effects in a minority of patients. (The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.)

Events and Resources

YO Committee Highlights Best of the Meeting
The 2011 YO Highlights brochure is here and full of detailed information and course recommendations from the YO Committee. Specific for residents and YOs in their first five years of practice, the recommendations highlight all the best courses and events at the Annual Meeting in Orlando, Oct. 22 to 25.

Tell Patients 'E' is for EyeSmart this Fall
With students heading back to school this month, your patients with young children are probably thinking about their children’s eye health. Did you know there’s a whole section on the Academy’s EyeSmart™ website focused on eye health at every age? From babies to teenagers, makeup to pregnancy to computer use, the Living section covers a host of practical eye-health topics. Refer your patients to and rest assured they’ll be getting information from the same organization you trust for so much of your own clinical education. For more about the EyeSmart public awareness campaign, visit

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Preferred Practice Patterns: Joint Technical Report: Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, and Vision
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.