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April 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).

Nine Key Coding Lessons: Your Colleagues’ Favorite CODEquest Insights
Nothing is as constant as change. That phrase was not written to describe the rules and regulations of documentation and coding, but it certainly fits. Ask any of the ophthalmologists of every subspecialty who attended CODEquest Coding College in 2011. The following are a few of the learning gaps in their coding knowledge identified in course evaluations.

Practice Management
When Physicians Leave a Practice: Seven Keys to a Smooth Transition
Physicians leave practices for many reasons, including illness, changes in employment status and personal or family needs. Both the individual ophthalmologist and the practice need to take steps in order to promote continuity of care, prevent allegations of abandonment and ensure that all involved physicians have access to the medical records in the event the care is ever called into question. Taking these steps will also ensure compliance with provisions of contracts and with requirements of state medical boards. Here are several keys to handling the transition appropriately.

When to Risk Failure Instead of Regret: Seven Questions for Jeff Pettey, MD
For this month’s YO Spotlight, we talked to Jeff Pettey, MD, an alumnus of The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He did his residency and fellowship at John Moran Eye Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he is now in an assistant professor. He talked to YO Info about his fascination with Charles Kelman, the importance of good mentors and why fear of failure shouldn’t stop you from taking risks in pursuit of a dream.

Clinical Pearl
10 Pearls for Getting the Most Out of Your Residency
Ophthalmology residency training programs can be demanding. Often, residents “miss the trees for the forest.” The skills developed during this phase of our careers will set the foundation of our future lives in ophthalmology. Listed below is a selection of helpful guidelines to help you focus on the trees to develop your own forest, thereby becoming an efficient and content young ophthalmologist.

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

Focal Points
Pseudophakic Cystoid Macular Edema
Cystoid macular edema (CME) following cataract surgery (aphakic or pseudophakic CME), also known as Irvine-Gass syndrome, is a known risk of cataract surgery. Because of the advances in cataract extraction, especially phacoemulsification, there is less surgical manipulation, shorter operative times, and decreased rates of intraoperative complications; as a result, there is less postoperative inflammation. Despite these advances, CME remains a significant cause of postoperative visual acuity that is less than expected. CME OCT can aid the clinician in diagnosing CME, as well as in monitoring the response to treatment. (The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.)

Events and Resources

Mid-Year Forum App Makes Scheduling, Transportation Easy
If you’re going to the Mid-Year Forum this week, be sure to download the meeting app for event, hotel and transportation information. Save events like the Surgical Scope Fund and OPHTHPAC® fund receptions to your personal planner to access later. And if you’re on Twitter, share or follow meeting updates via #myf12.

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Featured Academy Resource: TASS Resources
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.