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March 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).

The Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage Explained
When there is a doubt whether Medicare Part B will cover a service, it is always best to obtain an ABN from the patient before performing the services. Instances in which there would be doubt include uncovered diagnosis code, an oculoplastics procedure that may be determined to be cosmetic rather than medically functional or when frequency is exceeded. Certain services are considered statutorily excluded and do not need an ABN signed in advance from the patient.

Practice Management
How to Create a Simple (But Effective) Practice Budget
In today’s ever changing marketplace, creating a meaningful practice budget is a necessity. An accurate, useful budget can be a valuable decision-making tool to analyze potential business threats and opportunities and help physician owners and practice administration make sound strategic and disciplined choices. However, too few practices actually take the time to create a budget, instead seeing the endeavor as a complex, time-consuming process that likely will not be used. This article introduces a simple approach to creating an effective practice budget.

Saving Sight One Legislative Meeting at a Time: Why YOs Attend Congressional Advocacy Day

Most ophthalmologists probably enter medicine with a desire to directly intervene in the lives and bodies of people who would otherwise lose some or all of their sight. Once further into practice, however, many discover that protecting patients' sight takes both work in the clinic or lab and the offices of state and federal legislators. That's why many young ophthalmologists have blocked out April 11 to participate in the Academy's 2013 Congressional Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.

What to Do When the Job Doesn’t Work Out
The morning before you start a new job, your employer shows up on the front page, embroiled in scandal. What do you do? Or maybe it’s not the job that changes, but your circumstances. How do you decide when and if your situation merits the search for a new position?

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

News in Brief

Tennessee Residents Lobby Senate for Patient Safety
Residents from two Tennessee ophthalmology programs joined a group of nearly 30 physicians who lobbied the state senate on patients' behalf earlier this month. Tennessee ophthalmologists are waging a spirited campaign to educate state lawmakers about the threat to patient safety contained in mirror House and Senate bills that would give the Tennessee Board of Optometry the authority to define surgical eyelid procedures requiring injections that would be within optometrists’ scope of practice.

New Member Benefit! Access the Wills Eye Institute 5-Minute Ophthalmology Consult online
Get a focused "five-minute consult" on more than 375 ophthalmic disorders. This online tool offers quick, reliable advice on diagnosis, treatment and management. Each topic is covered in less than two pages — an ideal reference for when a patient is waiting in your office! Try the online 5-Minute Ophthalmology Consult in your practice today, via your computer, tablet or smartphone. Tip: Set your browser to "remember" your ONE Network password for fastest access.

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