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May 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).

Coding Is a Team Sport
While the physician is ultimately responsible, it takes the entire ophthalmic team to stay current with coding changes, implement the updates into the practice, submit the claim and then process (or resubmit) the explanation of benefits correctly. I often joke that if we saw only one or two patients a day, we’d get it right 100 percent of the time. Obviously, we see substantially more patients with a plethora of insurance coverage — all of which may vary. How do you keep up? One solution is to dedicate a part of each staff meeting to coding updates or a coding quiz to make sure the team is on the same playing field.

Practice Management
10 Ways to Improve Medical Collections
It’s a problem faced by virtually every medical practice — dealing with patients who pay their bills late, or not at all. Accounts not paid within specified terms can severely impact the overall cash flow of a practice. A clearly defined, carefully communicated, yet diplomatic payment policy may help avoid difficult collection situations. These 10 simple steps can dramatically improve collection results.

YO Perspective: Advocating … Without Hairspray
I learned three important lessons from my experience at the Academy’s 2012 Congressional Advocacy Day: 1) You cannot bring hairspray (or any other liquids or snacks for that matter) into the Senate building; 2) The relationships we develop will have a profound impact on our careers and our lives; and 3) There is so much work that needs to be done and all of us need to be a part of the process. After attending the meeting along with 135 other Advocacy Day Ambassadors (i.e., residents and fellows) I returned to Philadelphia, where I’m a glaucoma fellow at Wills Eye Institute. I am truly inspired.

YO Perspective: Traveling 3,000 Miles to Share My Voice
I recently traveled cross country from Sacramento, Calif., to attend the Academy’s Congressional Advocacy Day, and it was the quite the metaphorical journey. To sum up my experience: eye-opening and motivating. Despite the great challenges facing ophthalmology and other medical professions, the amount of energy and enthusiasm at Advocacy Day and the following Mid-Year Forum was invigorating. Reconnecting with familiar faces and meeting countless new colleagues was an additional highlight of the weekend.

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

Focal Points
Update on Orbital Tumors
Orbital tumors are uncommon in everyday practice, and the differential diagnosis is very diverse. This module concentrates on the history, clinical examination findings and imaging characteristics of orbital tumors, and then illustrates the pertinent points by presenting the more important orbital tumors. Successful management of orbital tumors requires sound clinical judgment, appropriate radiology, and pathologists with experience in the diagnosis of orbital disease. (The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.)

Events and Resources

YOs a Key Part of Mid-Year Forum
More than 130 young ophthalmologists participated in the Mid-Year Forum last month, as part of the Advocacy Ambassador program. More than 40 state and subspecialty/specialized interest societies and training programs provided the generous support for these residents and fellows to attend. View YOs’ stories and photos in the Mid-Year Forum group.

Will You Be the Next EyeWiki Contest Winner?
With a contribution to EyeWiki, you could find join the ranks of residents Ladan Espandar, MD; Yoshihiro Yonekawa, MD; Scott K. Schultz, MD; and Michael A. Klufas, MD, who won all-expenses paid trips to this year’s Mid-Year Forum and were recognized during the program. Contest is open to all ophthalmology residents based in North America. Submit a page in one of four content areas to enter; deadline is Dec. 1.

Browse New Employment, Contract-Negotiation Archive
Looking for advice on your job search or the contract-negotiation process? Now you can find all of YO Info's tips and advice on the topic in one place. Browse the employment and contract-negotiation archive.

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Featured Academy Resource: Verifying the Source of Compounded Bevacizumab for Intravitreal Injections
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.