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April 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).

Still Time to Avoid the Penalty — Get Cracking on PQRS and E-Prescribing
In 2007, CMS established the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), a pay-for-reporting program that includes claims- and registry-based reporting of data on individual quality measures or on a cataract group measure. PQRS was the first of three incentive programs that also include e-prescribing and meaningful use. While the early phases of these programs included only positive payment adjustments for participation (i.e., bonuses), CMS will soon begin phasing in negative adjustments — penalties — for those who don’t participate or don’t report successfully. Though these cuts won’t take effect until 2015, they’re based on what you do this year.

Practice Management
The Five Steps of Supervision, Part 1
“Putting out brush fires – that’s all I seem to do!” lamented the office manager. “From the time I get here in the morning until I leave the office late at night, I am constantly dealing with staff problems. I can’t seem to get anything else done!” I listened carefully, then asked her a couple of questions. Her answers were excellent qualities that managers should have, but they didn’t describe a system for managing employees. A system will help you to get the most productivity from your employees by helping them develop their skills and talents. This can be accomplished by implementing the five steps of supervision.

Saving a Place at the Table

"If you’re not at the table, you’re probably on the menu,” said Rep. Larry Bucshon, MD, R-Ind. A former cardiothoracic surgeon now serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Bucshon spoke to a roomful of young ophthalmologists during a luncheon at the Academy’s Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. His words might seem harsh, but they resonated with me during my eye-opening experience on Capitol Hill. Rep. Bucshon is correct — ophthalmologists (and all physicians) have a responsibility to protect our profession and our patients by becoming engaged in politics. If we do not, then we will most certainly be “on the menu,” so to speak.

From Eye Balls to Eye Bills: An Ophthalmology Resident Goes to Washington, D.C.
Walking into the U.S. Capitol building evokes a unique sense of history and civic responsibility. And when the only other time you’ve made that walk was on a middle-school field trip, it also evokes a sense of awe and anxiety. This April, I was fortunate to attend the Academy’s 2013 Congressional Advocacy Day as an Advocacy Ambassador alongside hundreds of other resident and fellow ambassadors from across the country.

Clinical Pearls
Seven Pearls for Your Resident Surgical Experience
For residents embarking on surgical training, the journey from competency to mastery can be both demanding and overwhelming. Here are seven must-know pearls for getting the most out of your resident OR surgical experience.

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

News in Brief

Louisiana Ophthalmologists Need Your Help to Fight Scope Bill
A bill submitted to the state legislature would allow optometrists to perform eye surgery (e.g. lasers, scalpel) in Louisiana. There are three easy ways you can help protect quality patient eye care in Louisiana.

  1. If you live in Louisiana, ask your state representative to vote NO on HB 527.
  2. Wherever you live, like the Safe Surgery Louisiana Facebook page.
  3. Contribute to the Surgical Scope Fund, which helps state ophthalmic societies protect patients’ quality of care.

Member Benefit: Academy Sponsors Disability Insurance Option
If you don't have the right disability income insurance, you could be putting your financial future at risk. The Academy-sponsored group disability income plan with Seabury Chicago offers coverage to help protect yourself from the very real risks of a disability. Learn more.

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