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May 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 Q&A — Your Questions Answered
The American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives has lately received a host of interesting questions inquiring about different coding-related matters. Below is a selection of the standouts.

Practice Management
The Five Steps of Supervision, Pt. 2
A system is an established, step-by-step way of processing work efficiently and effectively. Last month, we looked at how a systematic approach to managing staff can help your practice run more smoothly. However, employees also bear responsibility for their individual positions within the practice. Here, we’ll look at the five steps of employee responsibility that complement the five steps of supervision we introduced last time.

Going Abroad: How YOs Are Taking the Lead in Global Blindness Prevention

According to the World Health organization (WHO), more than 285 million people, or 4 percent of the world’s population, are visually impaired. Of these, 39 million are blind and 246 million suffer from low vision. Faced with this global burden, the WHO and organized medicine have launched initiatives such as Vision 2020 over the past decade to help stem the tide. Young ophthalmologists, however, are not sitting on the sidelines. A small but growing number of institutions around the country have created international fellowship programs to help YOs put their training at home into practice abroad.

Clinical Pearls
Eyelid-Lesion Removal: Seven Important Pearls for the Young Ophthalmologist
Eyelid lesions are common in everyday practice. Patients commonly present to their eye care provider complaining of a lesion growing near their eye. While many of the lesions are benign in nature, periocular malignancy is common. As such, appropriate documentation and biopsy techniques will lead to better patient outcomes and aid in further treatment, should referral to a subspecialist be required.

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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 Foundation Seeks Retina-Fellow Nominations for New Memorial Award
Two deserving retina fellows will receive educational and travel funding to attend the 2013 Annual Meeting, through a new memorial award offered by the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Friends and family established the Sunil K. Rao, MD Memorial Retina Fellowship Award in honor of Dr. Rao, who died last year at age 34. Submit nominations by July 15.

Headed to Copenhagen? Don’t Miss YO Events at SOE Congress
Young ophthalmologists who attend the European Society of Ophthalmology Congress in Denmark next month can choose from several sessions and events just for them, plus their own YO Lounge. The Academy’s YO Committee and its international subcommittee have teamed up with their counterpart SOE YO committee to present the YO programming and resources at the congress. The meeting runs June 8 to 11. View all YO events at SOE 2013.

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