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January 2012

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).

Update on Recovery Audit Contractors
In addition to focused medical review, comprehensive error-rate testing (CERT), and Office of Inspector General and Medicare Advantage plan audits, ophthalmology can add recovery audit contractors (RAC) to the list of growing types of mandated audits.

Practice Management
HIPAA and Social Networking Sites: A Legal Minefield for Employers
As recent statistics demonstrate, social networking sites are more than just popular, they are changing the way people communicate and maintain connectivity, as well as being used in the hiring process. With employees’ use of social networking sites growing daily, employers have reason for some serious concerns. Not only could this activity negatively affect employees’ workplace productivity, but the content of postings could potentially create legal risks for employers. To mitigate these risks, it is critical that employers identify and design appropriate policies and procedures governing employees’ use of social networking sites.

Do the OKAPs Matter?
If you’re starting to make time in your already busy schedule to study for the upcoming Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP) examination, you may be wondering what your performance will mean. To help answer that question, we talked to a few experts to help put the exam – and your preparation for it – in context. Next month our editorial board will share their tips for doing your best on the OKAP.

YOs Are Taking Over the World
There is no question that our world is getting smaller and smaller. Thanks to the Internet and global news coverage, we are all closer than ever. For ophthalmology, this means new opportunities to learn, grow, and support colleagues in other countries. For young ophthalmologists, it means new ways to address the different challenges YOs have compared to more-established ophthalmologists. Two international meetings this spring will provide opportunities to do just that.

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

Focal Points
Post-Operative Endophthalmitis
Endophthalmitis is defined as inflammation of the internal structures of the eye, and can be infectious or noninfectious. This module limits the discussion to infectious postoperative endophthalmitis. Although an uncommon occurrence, endophthalmitis continues to be a source of considerable ocular morbidity. As with most medical conditions, the best strategy is prevention and early recognition. (The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.)

Events and Resources

Annual Meeting Sessions for YOs Now Online
If you missed the 2011 YO Program in Orlando or the special Networking with the Experts session for MDs in their first few years of practice, presentation slides and audio are now online. View presentations.

EyeSmart Launches Spanish Site,
For your patients who speak Spanish, you can now direct them to a version of the EyeSmart® public-education site in their own language. Tell patients to visit for MD-reviewed information on more than 50 diseases and conditions, plus vision-correction information, tips on maintaining healthy vision, more than 80 short videos and more. Visit to review the list of topics.

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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: Blepharitis PPP
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.