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July 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 Q&A — Your Questions Answered, Part 3
The American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives has lately received a host of interesting questions about different coding-related matters. Here is a third installment of the standouts.

Practice Management
How to Improve Practice Efficiency with Effective Policies and Procedures
As busy administrators, we are constantly searching for ways to maximize resources and accomplish more in less time. Clearly written policies and procedures can help us attain greater efficiency by requiring less training time and disciplinary action. While creating these policies and procedures can be time consuming, the benefits far outweigh the work required to get the initial version completed. Such documents establish uniformity, accountability and expectations to create clear lines of responsibility and allow staff to take ownership of their duties. These documents empower our staff, and they empower us as managers.

Annual Meeting
Annual Meeting Preview: 4 Can’t-Miss Sessions for YOs

The Academy continually strives to provide the ophthalmic community with the most advanced research and education, and the Annual Meeting is an integral part of that process for all ophthalmologists across the globe. This November, New Orleans will play host for the seventh time and promises to make the 117th Annual Meeting a must-see event. Here's an overview of sessions and resources of particular interest for young ophthalmologists.

Features
Journal Clubbing and Peer Reviewing: Make an Impact on Your Profession
Most ophthalmologists would agree that young physicians interested in participating in the advancement of clinical research have an obligation to understand, if not actively participate in, the review process. Two possible ways to do that include hosting a journal club and becoming a peer reviewer.


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

News in Brief

Featured Academy Resources
 • Latest Focal Points: Transient Monocular Visual Loss
 • Featured clinical statement: Protective Eyewear for Young Athletes
New on EyeWiki
 • Axenfeld Nerve Loop
 • Crocodile Shagreen
 • Aniridia
 • Conjunctival Biopsy in the Diagnosis of Ocular Sarcoidosis 
 • Neuroblastoma

YO Featured in Wall Street Journal Dry Eye Story
Brad Feldman, MD, chair of the YO International Subcommittee, was featured in a recent Wall Street Journal article on the growing number of dry eye cases. Academy staff regularly connect reporters with clinical consultants like Dr. Feldman and Stephanie Marioneaux, MD, who was also interviewed for the story. 

Help Develop a New YO Info Business Series - Take Short Survey
The editorial board and staff of YO Info are developing a new series on business and practice management for residents and young ophthalmologists. By answering a few questions, you can help ensure the series meets your needs. Take the business-needs survey.

New Financial Disclosure Begins Aug. 1; Residents Excluded
Beginning Aug. 1, manufacturers and certain other entities must begin collecting information about their payments to and other financial relationships with physicians and teaching hospitals. Residents are excluded from the reporting. CMS will begin an annual, public release of the data in September 2014, a program known as Open Payments. The program was stipulated by a physician “sunshine law” passed as part of the health care reform law. Physicians and hospitals have no data-collection responsibility. However, providers will be able to review and, as needed, correct their information before its public release. Learn more about the law’s implications on the Academy website.