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February 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).

ICD-10 Prep Ramps Up with Testing Week, New CMS 1500 Form
ICD-10 is coming — there is no delay. Your time to prepare for the biggest change to coding in 30 years is now. All practices must be ready to transmit ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1; beginning that date, all ICD-9 codes will be rejected. To help practices prepare for the change, CMS and Medicare administrative contractors will host an ICD-10 test week from March 3 to 7.

Practice Management
5 Tips for Avoiding Health Care Reform Hypertension
Many aspects of running a practice are stressful. To help you avoid practice management hypertension, here are five tips for navigating stressors associated with the Affordable Care Act’s implementation.

Stake Your Claim on the Future at This Year’s Mid-Year Forum!
Are you interested in how ophthalmologists can harness “big data” for their own practices? Are you concerned with the liability and data-security risks that electronic health records (EHRs) pose? Like the practice of all medicine, ophthalmology is both a clinical and political endeavor. That’s why the Academy hosts its annual Mid-Year Forum in Washington, D.C. For young ophthalmologists, the meeting provides a chance to learn about and weigh in on issues that could affect the rest of their careers in medicine.

Match Day: Inside Ophthalmologists’ Unique, Often Wee Hours Experience
Mid-January might hold little calendar importance for most physicians, but for ophthalmologists, it will forever be remembered for the Ophthalmology Residency Match Day. Unlike the majority of medical students, who find out where they will train in a singular dramatic celebration surrounded by classmates, friends and family, our match experience is a much different affair.

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Academy Online Community Highlights

YO Info picks the most relevant highlights from recent discussions among your peers.

News in Brief

Winners of EyeWiki Contest Announced
Four young ophthalmologists won the most recent EyeWiki contest and will attend the 2014 Mid-Year Forum with all expenses paid. The following residents were recognized for outstanding contributions to EyeWiki. They will be recognized by Academy leaders April 9, during a briefing and reception for advocacy ambassadors.

Manik Goel, MD

Manik Goel, MD, Washington University in St. Louis — contributions to Femtosecond lasers and laser assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK)


Sanket U. Shah, MD

Sanket U. Shah, MD, Indiana University — Vitreomacular traction syndrome

 Dilraj S. Grewal, MD

Dilraj S. Grewal, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine — Ocular ischemic syndrome


Yasser Elshatory, MD

Yasser Elshatory, MD, Dean McGee Eye Institute — contributions to Albinism

Help Shape Future of IOLs at March 28 FDA Workshop

Featured Academy Resources
 • Latest Focal Points: A Practical Approach to Nystagmus and Saccadic Oscillations
 • Featured resource: Corticosteroids for Optic Neuritis Treatment PPP clinical question
New on EyeWiki
 • Free Cap After LASIK

The Academy is joining forces with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to conduct a workshop that will bring together clinicians, academicians, federal employees and industry experts to discuss challenges to IOL innovation. The FDA hosts Developing Novel Endpoints for Premium Intraocular Lenses at its Silver Spring, Md., campus on March 28. Attendees will hear expert talks on latest developments in the field; participate in more intimate discussions of the pros and cons of various methods used to assess premium IOLs; and help formulate a plan to help deliver premium IOL technologies to market more quickly. Register for the workshop.