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October 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).

Eye or E&M Code? That Is the Question
Ophthalmologists have two types of office visit codes to choose from: Eye codes (92XXX) and E&M codes (99XXX). What are their similarities and differences? YO Info breaks them down.

Practice Management
Settle Your Debt! A Look at Public-Service Loan Forgiveness and Repayment
Due to the extremely high level of student debt that most physicians hold, many are eligible for several types of forbearance and debt-reduction programs. The difficulty lies in choosing among them all. This article focuses on one of the more common debt programs for U.S.-based physicians, the federal 10-Year Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, and the differing repayment options involved.

Annual Meeting
A Procrastinator’s Guide to the 2013 Annual Meeting
A career in ophthalmology is not one commonly associated with copious amounts of free time – especially if you’re in residency. Throw in exam cramming, fellowship interviews, research and a healthy personal life, and the Annual Meeting is likely to sneak up on the best of planners. But if you have just decided to attend or have been putting off arrangements, never fear. This month, YO Info compiles everything that you’ll need to make last-minute preparations: from finalizing travel plans and registering onsite to selecting courses and making the most of your time while in the great city of New Orleans.

How to Connect With Your Peers in The Big Easy
He was a giant of ophthalmology, known for his rules for identifying retinal tears. But the day one young ophthalmologist wound up sharing popcorn with Harvey Lincoff, MD, typifies the many unexpected, meaningful connections that happen every year at the Academy’s Annual Meeting. “[Dr. Lincoff] wandered into the Young Ophthalmologist Lounge looking for the Senior Ophthalmologist Lounge,” recalled YO Info Editorial Board Member Janice C. Law, MD. “Seeing our complimentary popcorn, beer and foot massager, he knew he hit the jackpot and couldn’t leave.

Insider's Guide to New Orleans, Pt. 1: Where to Eat

Let’s face it. You don’t want to come to New Orleans for the Annual Meeting and waste any of your precious time eating at a bad restaurant or drinking at some boring bar. In this month’s YO Info, local ophthalmology residents pull back the curtain and give you an insider’s take on the places to eat that definitely won’t disappoint.

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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: Medical Treatment of Glaucoma
 • Featured resource: Acupuncture to Slow Myopia in Children Preferred Practice Pattern® clinical question
New on EyeWiki
 • Uveal effusion syndrome by Natalia A. Skvortsova, MD
 • Acute retinal necrosis by Lauren Taney, MD

YO Named Among Finalists for Call to Service Medal
YO Info editorial board member David E. Vollman, MD, was announced as a finalist for the Service to America program's Call to Service medal. Dr. Vollman, who works for the Department of Veterans Affairs, was nominated for his work on cataract-surgery data. The medal recognizes younger federal employees for their contributions to public service.

Juliette RP Vision Foundation Offers Retina Research Grant
Residents and fellows researching retinitis pigmentosa have until Dec. 1 to apply for a $1,000 grant from the Juliette RP Vision Foundation. The award amount can be used for research expenses and/or travel related expenses to a scientific conference. Email to request an application; deadline to apply is Dec. 1.

Conquering ICD-10: How to Survive Coding’s Biggest Change in Decades
Physician practices have just under a year to prepare for the biggest change to coding in 30 years: the implementation of the ICD-10-CM code set, which takes effect Oct. 1, 2014. With the change, the health care system moves from ICD-9’s 14,500-code set to nearly 70,000 codes. To help your practice switch to ICD-10 successfully, the Academy and the American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives (AAOE) have developed a number of resources to guide you through the transition. Learn more at

Display Your Badge of Honor
Show your patients and the public that you’re proud to be a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Add the special Academy member logo to your CV, biography and award acknowledgements, or use it for promotional items like your practice website, business cards, office letterhead and presentations. Using the logo is easy: 

  1. Visit You’ll need to log in for this special member benefit.
  2. Review the usage guidelines for suggestions and how-to instructions.
  3. Download the logos best suited for your needs.

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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.

View Oct. 7 Webinar on Effortless Quality Reporting with the IRIS Registry
More than 350 ophthalmologists, practice managers and industry professionals registered to attend last week’s webinar about the IRIS™ Registry (Intelligent Research in Sight) – the nation’s first comprehensive, eye disease clinical registry. During the webinar, Academy leaders William L. Rich III, MD and Michael F. Chiang, MD discussed how the IRIS Registry will enable physicians to improve care delivery and patient outcomes, and benefit practices by automating and streamlining quality reporting to Medicare. Presenters also answered questions on topics such as the ease of integration with electronic health record systems; data security; reporting Physician Quality Reporting System measures and how to participate without an EHR. View the webinar at Learn how YOs can benefit from the registry. Email questions to