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November/December 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
Surgical Modifiers: Part 2
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 a variety of surgical cases.

Advocacy
Four More Years: What the Election Results Mean for Ophthalmology
In the recent election, jobs and the economy weighed most heavily on the minds of voters. Although the two presidential candidates espoused a different approach to health care reform, Academy CEO David W. Parke II, MD and other leaders believe that substantial system change would have proceeded regardless of the election outcome. “The reform drivers, particularly the cost driver, made the status quo an unsustainable option for either party,” said Dr. Parke, “and the amount of money invested in system change means that the train has long ago left the station.”

Joint Meeting
What the Future Holds: A Resident’s Take on Her First Academy Meeting
As I sat in the third row of the conference room amidst a sea of suits all engrossed in the opening moments of the YO Program, I peered up at the podium, pen poised above a blank yellow legal pad. American Academy of Ophthalmology President Ruth Williams, MD, was speaking about the changing face of health care. She encouraged us to be open to change, and said, “From chaos comes opportunity.” These words resonated with me.

Pearls
Ophthalmology Unplugged: 8 Pearls for Seeing Patients Without Power
On Oct. 29, Hurricane Sandy made her predicted northwest turn toward the coastlines of New York and New Jersey, where it would produce an unprecedented storm surge. Over the course of the afternoon, the storm felled trees, downed power lines and flooded electric substations. By evening, the East River swept over the banks of Manhattan, flooding the Con Edison power plant located on East 14th Street and knocking out power throughout Lower Manhattan. These outages included the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, where physicians, staff and patients were left with the daunting challenge: how do you practice ophthalmology during a power outage?

8 Pearls for Evaluation of the Glaucoma Suspect
Glaucoma is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss. Early detection is essential to preserving vision in these patients who are often asymptomatic and rely on a thorough approach by their ophthalmologists to determine if and when treatment should begin. Here are eight steps to help formulate a methodical approach to these glaucoma suspects.

Feature
From Goat-Based Pricing to Eye Injury Radio Dramas: How an Ophthalmologist Tackled Improving Eye Health in Pakistan
Monitoring markets is not unusual for ophthalmologists who invest in stocks, but for Timothy Kietzman, MD, it was the local goat market he tracked with the greatest interest. That was because he and his colleagues in Gilgit, Pakistan — where Dr. Kietzman practiced for nearly a decade — had decided to price their cataract surgeries according to the value of a goat. How they wound up tracking goat sales in the remote, high-altitude region near Pakistan’s border with China is a story of determination, adventure and sacrifice, a story more than worthy of a recipient of the Academy’s 2012 Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award.


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

News in Brief
YO Program, Networking with the Experts Recordings Now Available
Whether you missed this year’s YO Program in Chicago or want to refresh your memory of a particular discussion, you can now view all or part of both the program and Networking with the Experts. Access recordings.

Annual Report Now Available from the Academy Foundation
The Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology is instrumental to the success of Academy programs. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the past year has been an exciting one for the Foundation. Notable events include: the addition of dozens of new educational materials to the Ophthalmic News and Education (ONE®) Network; new research conducted by the Hoskins Center to advance quality of care; and initiatives to provide educational resources to ophthalmologists in developing countries. This year was also marked by one of the largest individual donations in Foundation history, making possible the Dr. Charles R. and Judith G. Munnerlyn Laser Surgery Education Center. Access the Annual Report online to read more about these and other significant achievements by the Foundation.

Don’t Let Patients Shoot Their Eye Out this Christmas
Improperly opened champagne bottles send patients to the ER every December. Don’t let your patients be among them! Download a free educational poster on champagne-cork safety and help protect your community’s eyes this holiday.

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