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October 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).

Need a Coding Crash Course? What to Take at the Joint Meeting!
Does your coding competence equal your coding confidence? If not, the Joint Meeting is a great place to increase your expertise. Several intensive sessions at this year’s Joint Meeting are designed to enhance participants’ knowledge of appropriate coding and documentation and ensure proper reimbursement.

Practice Management
Protect Your Online Reputation and Grow Your Patient Base
Whether or not you consider yourself Internet savvy, the reality is that patients are increasingly turning to the Web to assess potential health care providers. Online reviews have a major impact on your business and that frightens a lot of practice owners. But online reviews cut both ways: they can drive patients away or they can serve as a powerful and free advertising tool. Below are some general principles for making sure your practice’s online reviews work for you rather than against you. 

Eight Pearls for Joining Your First Practice
You are almost there. The light at the end of the tunnel is fast approaching, and frankly, can't come soon enough. As you begin this process, the most difficult question initially might be where to start. The following pearls are a culmination of advice from a number of sources and people who have been in your situation.

Joint Meeting
Joint Meeting Offers Chance to Recognize, Learn From Next Generation of Eye Surgeons
If you’re on the fence about coming to the Joint Meeting in Chicago, the chairman of the YO Committee has a message for you: attendance is a smart investment, especially if you attend this year’s YO Program on Nov. 11. “These presentations cover so much ground and allow attendees to ask so many relevant questions that if you tried to get the same quantity and quality of information from a consultant, you would be spending several thousands of dollars,” says Robert F. Melendez, MD, MBA, who will moderate the popular four-hour session.

How to Navigate the Crowds and Connect With Your Peers in Chicago
Milling through a crowd of thousands in one of the country’s largest convention halls isn’t the optimal way to acquaint oneself with new friends and professional contacts. But several Academy young ophthalmologists have volunteered their time and energy to make that prospect easier and more likely. Here’s how you can connect with them and others at the Joint Meeting in Chicago, Nov. 10 to 13.

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

News in Brief
Academy, OMIC Provide Template Materials for Patient Alerts Related to Meningitis Outbreak
Academy members were alerted last week that the FDA is asking ophthalmologists to notify patients treated with certain ophthalmic drugs including bevacizumab (Avastin) obtained from the New England Compounding Center. Physicians can choose from several template materials for alerting patients. 

Global Ophthalmology for YOs: Don’t Miss These Events in Chicago
If you’re interested in global ophthalmology, there are several Joint Meeting events just for you. 

  • Nov. 11, 8-10 a.m.: Introduction to Refractive Surgery for Residents Symposium (SYM53)
  • Nov. 11, 2:30-4 p.m.: Modern Technologies and Techniques for Young Ophthalmologists to Know Symposium (SYM12)
  • Nov. 11, 4:15-5:15 p.m.: International Opportunities for Young Ophthalmologists Symposium (SYM18)
  • Nov. 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Meet with an International Expert Networking Event

Halloween Eye Safety: Will Your Patients Wear EyeSmart Costumes?
Decorative lenses posterDecorative contact lenses can be a popular part of Halloween costumes, but when improperly used or acquired, can result in eye infections or worse. Building on last year’s award-winning effort to educate the public, the decorative lenses campaign also includes resources in Spanish. Download a free educational poster or radio public service announcement and help protect your community’s eyes this Halloween.

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