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September 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 Modifiers: Part 1
When it comes to surgical procedures, modifiers convey to the payer a detailed story of exactly what occurred during the operative session. And since surgical claims cannot be paid correctly if submitted incorrectly, it’s imperative to get the modifier story straight the first time. As such, this series of articles will detail exactly which modifier should be used in each surgical condition.

Doctors in Dialogue
ACOs and Ophthalmology’s Future: Three Expert Opinions
As a follow-up to last month’s introduction to accountable care organizations, we asked three physician experts to weigh in on ACOs. David Asch, MD, is an expert on physician incentives; Margaret Paroski, MD, is chief medical officer for a large health care organization managing several hospitals and associated with numerous specialist groups in western New York; and Stephen Kamenetzky, MD, is the Academy adviser to the AMA’s Relative Value-Scale Update Committee (the “RUC”), which advises CMS on physician-payment rates. Join the discussion and tell us what you think of this new feature!

Joint Meeting
Where Do Young Eye Surgeons Begin Networking? With the Experts, Of Course
It seemed an ideal place to start an ophthalmology career. But two years after moving there, the young physician found herself looking for new employment and saddled with a job experience difficult to explain to potential new employers. Would you know how to avoid the mistakes she made? Find out at a Joint Meeting session just for YOs in their first few years of practice.

Smartphoneography — Take Journal-Quality Photographs with Your iPhone
You can obtain high-quality anterior segment photographs with your iPhone. All you need is an iPhone 4 (5-megapixel camera) or iPhone 4S (8-megapixel camera); a slit lamp; an iPhone slit lamp adapter; and the ProCamera or Camera Awesome app.

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Academy Online Community Highlights

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

News in Brief
Make the Most of Your Time in Chicago
The 2012 Annual Meeting in Chicago includes more than 2,000 peer-reviewed scientific presentations, 100-plus hours of free programming and hundreds of papers, posters and videos — not to mention 500 exhibitors and dozens of social events. How will you decide what to do? Whether this is your first Academy meeting or your fifth, the Highlights for Young Ophthalmologists brochure (PDF 2.2MB) can help you make the most of your time.

CMS Exempts Some YOs from EHR Penalties
Physicians in their first two years of practice will be exempted from penalties for not meaningfully using an electronic health record system by Oct. 1, 2014, according to a final rule released by CMS last month. The rule defines the second stage of “meaningful use” of an EHR system that physicians must demonstrate to qualify for up to $44,000 in Medicare incentives and avoid penalties that begin in 2015. Penalties will be levied based on EHR use in 2014, but physicians who begin practice after Jan. 1, 2013, will be exempted from penalties for their first two years of practice. More on the final rule.

Calling All Residents: Ready for a Friendly Competition?
Submit your best grand rounds presentation to the Ophthalmic News and Education (ONE®) Network's Eliza Hoskins, MD, to win prizes for the most interesting cases. Submissions due Oct. 15. View complete details.

Juliette Foundation Offers Scholarship for Retinitis Pigmentosa Research
Young ophthalmologists conducting research on retinitis pigmentosa or other-retina related eye diseases are eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Juliette Foundation, created by YO Committee chair Rob Melendez. Deadline is Nov. 15. For more details, visit the foundation website.

Academy Launches New, User-Friendly Online Store
The Academy has launched a new online store that enables ophthalmologists and practice management executives to conveniently and easily order the products and services needed to satisfy continuing medical education requirements, inform patients about vision conditions and procedures and stay abreast of the latest trends in running a successful ophthalmic practice. The Academy store features a clean design and user-friendly interface that enables more relevant and accurate search results and fast check-out. As part of the launch, orders placed in the Academy store by Sept. 30 will receive a 15 percent discount.* Now is the time to stock up on trusted Academy print, DVD and online products for clinical education, patient education and practice management.

*Use promo code STORE12 when checking out to receive the discount. This offer is good until 11:59 p.m. PDT, Sept. 30. Does not apply to tax or shipping fees. Applies to product and subscriptions only; does not apply to dues, Annual Meeting, or other miscellaneous fees. May not be combined with other discounts.

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