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January 2014

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).

Why Physicians Must Code Competently, Part 1
As a physician, your staff can and should be of tremendous assistance when it comes to the complexity of coding. However, far too often, staff has not received a firm coding foundation or had access to ongoing education from an appropriate source. As a result, coding errors and audits occur and physicians pay back thousands of dollars due to simple errors. Because physicians are ultimately responsible for CPT and diagnosis code selection, as well as chart documentation, you, yourself must be a competent coder.

Practice Management
7 Tips for Avoiding EHR Implementation Hypertension
New for 2014, YO Info launches a series of practice management articles. Each month we'll give you some practical tips on a specific topic, followed by relevant Academy resources and member benefits to help you tackle this area of practice management. This month we address the major stressors associated with electronic health record implementation.

Clinical Pearls
7 Pearls for Improving Your Neuro-Ophthalmology Diagnostic Skills
Regardless of subspecialty, all eye care providers will encounter patients with neuro-ophthalmic disorders. Most diseases with potential for rapid vision loss or serious systemic morbidity are neuro-ophthalmic conditions and are often challenging to diagnose. As a result, neuro-ophthalmology represents a source of anxiety and frustration for many providers. Here are seven practical and easy-to-implement ways for all eye care providers to improve their neuro-ophthalmology diagnostic acumen.

Learning from Our Patients: 2014 Academy President Gregory L. Skuta, MD
A surgical complication on a cataract patient he treated early in residency has shaped the career of Gregory L. Skuta, MD, who assumes the reins as Academy president this month. In an interview with YO Info this month, Dr. Skuta offered a peek at what young ophthalmologists can expect from his tenure.

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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: Vertical Strabismus
 • Featured resource: Dry Eye Syndrome Summary Benchmark Preferred Practice Pattern®
New on EyeWiki
 • Electroretinogram, by Hema L. Ramkumar, MD
 • Dacryocele, by Michael D. Greenwood, MD, and A. Paula Grigorian, MD
 • Ligneous Conjunctivitis, by Veena T. Mathew, MD

Winners of ONE Network YO Grand Rounds Contest Announced
Two young ophthalmologists won the most recent grand rounds contest on the Academy’s Ophthalmic News and Education (ONE®) Network. Eric Jennings, MD, of the University of Florida, and Jia Yin, MD, of Kresge Eye Institute took first and second place, respectively. A free benefit for Academy members, the ONE Network brings together rich clinical content with summaries of the latest news in ophthalmology.

2013 Round-Up: Best of Your Peers' YO Info Stories
Did you know some of the YO Info stories you enjoy each month were written by your peers? Thank you to all our 2013 volunteer writers: Steven Couch, MD; Carlton Fenzl, MD; Margaret Greven, MD; Joseph Nezgoda, MD, MBA; Chris O’Brien, MD, MBA, MPH; Roma Patel, MD, MBA; Yuna Rapoport, MD, MPH.

And if you enjoyed all the residents’ guides to New Orleans last fall, you can thank Big Easy-based residents Sonya Bamba, MD; Lisa Dang, MD; Thomas W. Jones, MD; Haumith Khan-Farooqi, MD; Neel Kumar, MD; Richard Watson, MD; Blake K. Williamson, MD.

We’re always looking for new YO Info writers. To apply, email a 500-word writing sample and your CV to

Top 10 2013 Articles

10. Coding Q&A — Your Questions Answered

9. What to Do When the Job Doesn’t Work Out

8. How I Found My Job: Tips from Your 2013 YO Info Editorial Board

7. Seven Pearls for Your Resident Surgical Experience

6. Secrets of Financial Success for Young Ophthalmologists

5. What Every Ophthalmologist Must Know About Coding and Reimbursement, Part 1

4. Recent CCI Edits Significantly Impact Ophthalmology

3. How to Create a Simple (But Effective) Practice Budget

2. Cramming for the OKAPs: Tips from Your 2013 YO Info Editorial Board

1. Eyelid-Lesion Removal: Seven Important Pearls for the Young Ophthalmologist