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March 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 Be Competent Coders, Part 2
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 members have 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, each physician must be a competent coder.

Practice Management
9 Tips for Avoiding Contracts, Mergers or Acquisition Hypertension
Many aspects of running a practice are stressful. If you’re a new physician trying to negotiate your first job, the stress can begin with the contract. To help you avoid business-contract “hypertension,” here are nine tips for navigating stressors associated with contract negotiation, mergers and acquisitions.

Clinical Pearls
My Favorite Instrument: 9 Tips on What to Use When
The right instrument can make all the difference during surgery. But as recent advances in use of femtosecond lasers show, instruments’ uses can change over time, changing common practice over time. What instruments do your peers prefer? The 2014 YO Info editorial board shares their favorite instruments and how they use them.

Braving the Vortex: Inside the Big Leaders’ Meeting in D.C.
Diana Shiba, MDIt was the second week of January, and the polar vortex kept an icy chill over Washington, D.C. Nevertheless, 13 Academy leaders assembled at the annual Federal Affairs Secretariat meeting with one goal on their plate: to determine the year’s federal agenda for the world’s largest ophthalmology association. This annual meeting of the Secretariat for Federal Affairs includes a representative from the Young Ophthalmologist (YO) Committee. Why is a young ophthalmologist’s presence important? Because we bring a fresh perspective at a time when every decision made will directly impact our future.

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Academy Online Community Highlights

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

News in Brief

YOs to Lead Session at April World Ophthalmology Congress
Young ophthalmologists headed to the 2014 World Ophthalmology Congress in Tokyo should plan to attend an interactive session April 3. Two members of the Academy’s YO international subcommittee, Grace Sun, MD, and Chair Brad Feldman, MD, will present during “Education Without Borders: A Global Session for Young Ophthalmologists.” The session includes several other YO leaders from the Asia Pacific, European and Japanese ophthalmology societies. Review the session program on the WOC website. Pictured: Members of the 2014 YO international subcommittee.

Members of the 2014 YO international subcommittee
Photo: Oscar Einzig Photography

Featured Academy Resources
 • Latest Focal Points: Entropion and Ectropion
 • Featured resource: Recommendations for Genetic Testing of Inherited Eye Diseases
New on EyeWiki
 • Pinguecula
 • Cross-cylinder technique for subjective refraction

‘I Am an Advocate’: YOs Featured in Academy Campaign
Several young ophthalmologists are among the member advocates featured in the Academy’s I Am an Advocate campaign. As their stories show, members at all stages of practice can contribute to the success of the Academy’s legislative agenda. Find out how your peers have spoken up for their patients and the profession: