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July 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).

Surgical Coding 101
Insurance companies classify surgical procedures as either minor or major. Minor procedures have zero or 10 days of postoperative care for Medicare and zero, 10 or 15 days of postoperative care for non-Medicare payers. Major procedures have 90 days of postoperative care for Medicare and 45, 90 or 120 days of postoperative care for non-Medicare payers.

Practice Management
Trouble With Your EHR? When to Convert to Another System
Buying and implementing an electronic health record (EHR) system is the biggest decision a practice will ever make. EHR systems can have both positive and negative impacts on a practice’s operations depending on the vendor’s qualifications and how the system is implemented. Keep in mind that vendors are not responsible for all failures, however. Some practices find it extremely difficult to implement change, while others have buyer’s remorse and regret their decision to purchase an EHR system altogether. Practices can also find it difficult to adjust to an EHR system when it does not meet their own unique needs and requirements. This is especially true for ophthalmology practices, given their specific complexities.

Joint Meeting
YO! Chicago Wants Your Attention at the Joint Meeting
Calling all young eye surgeons. From Nov. 9 to 13, the most important scientific gathering of the year will convene for eye surgeons from around the world: the Academy’s Annual Meeting. This year the Academy co-hosts a Joint Meeting — the fourth such exciting collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, which will open with a powerful keynote speaker: Abraham Verghese, MD, the best-selling author and professor of medicine from Stanford University.

Clinical Pearls
Clinical Pearls for Uveitis: Five Dos and Five Don'ts
Uveitis can be challenging to treat for comprehensive ophthalmologists as well as retina and uveitis specialists. This heterogeneous group of ocular inflammatory conditions presents in all age groups and is often seen in patients with no family history or who are otherwise healthy. Listed below are five dos and don’ts to properly identify the etiology of uveitis and avoid exacerbating the inflammation.

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Academy Online Community Highlights

YO Info picks the most relevant recent discussions among your peers.

News in Brief
Early Registration for Annual Meeting, Subspecialty Day Ends Aug. 8
The deadline to save on registration for the Academy’s Joint Meeting in Chicago is fast approaching. After Aug. 8, both Subspecialty Day and non-member Joint Meeting registration fees will go up (most Academy memberships include meeting registration at no additional charge). This year’s meeting is a Joint Meeting with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, Nov. 10 to 13. Subspecialty Day will be Nov. 9 to 10 and the YO Program will be Sunday, Nov. 11.

New Grant Available for YOs Involved in Aging-Related Research
Early career physicians are invited to apply for a new grant partly funded by the Academy. The grant program, Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Subspecialists’ Transition to Aging Research, awards support to help physicians establish a research track record in aging-related aspects of their specialty and requires supplemental funding by their institution. This award is not intended for candidates who have already received funding for aging-related research. The National Institute of Aging would contribute $100,000 over two years via a RO3 mechanism, the institution would need to provide $50,000 over two years, the Academy would provide $25,000 over two years, and the American Geriatrics Society would provide $25,000 over two years, so it would be a total of $200,000 over two years. The request for applications should be released in the next few weeks. The due date is Oct. 1.

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