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February 2013

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
Coding and Reimbursement Essentials for Ophthalmologists, Part 2
Would you know how — and if — to bill for these situations? In this article we'll cover services provided to family members, meetings with the patient's family and whether you can have multiple fee schedules or show payment amounts on claim submissions.

Practice Management
How to Manage a Challenging and Diverse Staff
In the eyes of most managers and administrators, one of the most difficult aspects of management is human resources. No two people are the same, but the key is not to let a difference of opinion or character evolve into an antagonistic relationship. How do you effectively manage difficult employees? Here are some suggestions for optimizing your staff-management skills.

Advocacy
ACOs, EHRs and Compounded Drugs: The Mid-Year Forum’s Can’t-Miss Sessions

Apart from the Annual Meeting, the Academy’s Mid-Year Forum is the most important annual event for organized ophthalmology. Among the compelling issues that this year's attendees will tackle are compounded drugs, mid-level care providers and the impact of electronic health records.

Clinical Pearls
Cramming for the OKAPs: Tips from Your 2013 YO Info Editorial Board
The Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP) is a 250-item multiple-choice test that is administered to ophthalmology residents in each year of training. To help ensure that you perform your best on the OKAPs, the YO Info editorial board offers 26 pearls for the final six weeks of test preparation.


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

News in Brief
Coding Crash Course Coming to a City Near You?
Residents of Minnesota, Oregon, Texas and Utah, take note: CODEquest, the popular, in-depth, state-specific coding seminar, comes to your area in the next few weeks. Utah and Minnesota events take place Feb. 23, so register today! Oregon and Texas events are scheduled for early March. View complete calendar for other state events scheduled later in the year.

Register for Mid-Year Forum by March 18
Planning to attend the Academy’s annual Mid-Year Forum in the capital? Don’t wait too long to register and book housing: deadline for both is March 18, but registration goes up $50 after March 1. Members in training (those in residency or a fellowship) register for free and enjoy access to all events.

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