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April 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).

What You Didn’t Learn in Medical School About Proper Documentation
Proper documentation isn’t necessarily addressed in medical school. Yet, it’s a critical factor in both getting your claim paid and having to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars in an audit. In this addition of YO Info, we’ll focus on some of the documentation basics for the various services a physician provides.

Practice Management
5 Tips for Avoiding Medicare Fraud and Abuse Hypertension
Many aspects of running a practice are stressful. If you’re an ophthalmologist seeing patients in the United States, you most likely treat Medicare patients. Getting paid for those patients means complying with a complicated set of regulations that change regularly – and with recent payment disclosures, Medicare reimbursements are receiving new public scrutiny. What’s a new doc to do?

Education Without Borders: A Video Report from YOs at WOC 2014
What would education without borders look like? That was the focus of discussion in Tokyo April 3, when young ophthalmologists from around the world gathered for an interactive session at the World Ophthalmology Congress. YOs Grace Sun, MD, and Brad Feldman, MD, report from the meeting in a series of short video interviews. Drs. Feldman and Sun serve as chair and member, respectively, of the Academy’s YO international committee.

Mission Work from the Comfort of Your Own Office: Join EyeCare America Today
The 25-year-old college student suffered from debilitating bilateral cataracts that developed due to excessive teenage steroid use. For years, finances kept him from getting proper medical care. He finally found a volunteer ophthalmologist in his area who could perform the necessary cataract surgery — young ophthalmologist Sebastian B. Heersink, MD, an Alabama-based cataract and refractive surgeon. Each day, doctors like him provide care to eligible patients through EyeCare America.

‘House of Cards’ in Real Life: 2 Things I Didn’t Know Could Shape My Future
Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., was addressing a group of fellow physicians before our much-anticipated visit to Capitol Hill. While he spoke, I pictured a version of Dr. Ruiz’ teenage self, dressed in a thick, itchy, poorly fitted blue suit in 100° weather soliciting donations to fund his college education. Dr. Ruiz told the group he wrote and signed a contract with contributing members of his community, promising to return as a physician.

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Academy Online Community Highlights

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

News in Brief

AcadeMetrics Benchmarking Survey Now Open
Benchmark your practice against others and identify practice strengths and weaknesses with the new AcadeMetrics™ Benchmarking Survey for Academy and American Academy of Ophthalmic Executive members. The survey runs through May 31. Learn more, including what you’ll need to gather, and how benchmarking can help your practice, at

SOE YOs Organize ‘East to West’ Training Event at Athens Meeting
Young ophthalmologists in the European Society of Ophthalmology organized a special session “Training Opportunities in Ophthalmology from East to West” at a February meeting in Athens. The latest issue of the new quarterly newsletter for YOs in Europe reports on the meeting and other recent news and events for SOE YOs. SOE YO committee member Anthony Khawaja, MBBS, also serves on the Academy's YO international subcommittee.

Featured Academy Resources
 • Latest Focal Points: Pediatric Uveitis
 • Featured resource: Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome (IFIS) Associated with Systemic Alpha-1 Antagonists clinical statement
Latest EyeNet
 • Check out EyeNet's April feature, "CXL for Corneal Ectasia: Reshaping the Future of Treatment" — video available!

YOs in India Launch New Group, Magazine
Indian young ophthalmologists have created a new community and publication for residents and those beginning practice, according to the latest SOE YO newsletter. Launched in January, the Young Ophthalmologist Society of India, also called YOSI, seeks to “address the educational needs of younger or new to practice ophthalmologists.” Learn more and view the YOSI magazine, YO Times at

Meet Natalie Afshari, MD: ‘Doctor, I can see my baby!’
Natalie Afshari, MD, still gets goose bumps when she recalls a mother’s joy at seeing her youngest child for the very first time after years of blindness. She restored that patient’s sight with the help of a surgical pearl she found on the ONE Network. Find out how donations to the Foundation make this invaluable resource possible – and allow Academy members to access it at no charge.