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February 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).

To Charge or Not to Charge Interest: Medicare Billing Fees Explained
One question on everyone’s mind lately seems to revolve around the appropriateness of charging Medicare patients interest on past-due amounts. Here's the bottom line from CMS regarding charging interest, etc., to Medicare beneficiaries.

Practice Management
Team Building: An Essential Management Skill
The passage of health-care reform and the change in workforce expectations after a prolonged recession will challenge any ophthalmology practice. To achieve operational success, you will need to become even better at creating and maintaining effective teams in the office.

From Femtosecond to Registries, Mid-Year Forum Provides Glimpse into Your Future
Are you concerned about the effect CMS will have on how you practice ophthalmology? Do you wonder if a femtosecond laser would be a good addition to your practice? Do you have a clear picture of how your future as an ophthalmologist should and will differ from your optometrist colleagues in five years? To gain answers and clarity on all these questions and more, you need to attend this year’s Mid-Year Forum.

21 Pearls for the OKAPs: Tips from Your YO Info Editorial Board
nce their development in the 1960s, the OKAPs have grown beyond their original intention of self assessment and program evaluation and gained new significance as a preparatory exam for the boards. To help ensure that you perform your best on the OKAPs, the YO Info editorial board offers these pearls of wisdom.

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

Focal Points
Update on the Surgical Treatment of Keratoconus
Keratoconus is a progressive disorder, usually worsening through the fourth decade of life. The traditional treatment of keratoconus has primarily focused on methods of visual rehabilitation. In the future, controlling the progression of the disease will be another important treatment goal. That would allow more patients to go through life without significant visual impairment. Ultimately, keratoconus will be treated by understanding and controlling the genetic basis of the disease. (The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.)

Events and Resources

2011 EyeWiki Contest Winners Announced
The winners of the second-annual EyeWiki contest for residents have been announced. Four YOs will get an all-expenses-paid trip to this year’s Mid-Year Forum based on their stellar contributions to EyeWiki. Winners include:

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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: Conjunctivitis
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. The YO Info newsletter will regularly include a link to a PPP, policy statement or other resource to help familiarize young ophthalmologists with these important resources.