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June 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).

E&M Documentation Requirements, Part 2: A Look at Past, Family and Social History
Ophthalmologists are more likely to be audited on exam documentation than on tests or surgical procedures. It is therefore imperative that documentation meets the payer requirements each time an exam code is billed. It’s also necessary for both risk management and coding compliance. This month, we’ll take a look at past, family and social history (PFSH).

Practice Management
Human Resources 101: 6 Tips for Avoiding Labor Law Hypertension
As a physician, your primary role is medical. In addition to providing patient care, however, every practice must also perform certain duties as an employer. While you probably pay close attention to the federal regulations that govern patient care, someone in your practice should give equal attention to the laws pertaining to you as employer. Here are six tips for improving compliance and reducing stress around the human-resources aspect of your practice.

Invest in Yourself: How to Survive as a Solo Practice Ophthalmologist
You’ve finished your training, passed the boards and gotten your license. And after surveying your practice options, you’ve decided to try your hand at being your own boss. But how do you survive as a solo practitioner? Last month, YO Info looked at some of the first steps to entering solo practice. This month we’ll look at how you collect a paycheck.

The Next Pioneer? Chasidy Singleton’s Quest to Inspire More Aspiring Eye M.D.s
The 60 years since the Civil Rights Movement began have brought many changes. But according to the National Medical Association, African Americans are just as underrepresented among the nation’s physicians as they were 100 years ago. Then and now, they account for only 3 percent of all physicians. One young ophthalmologist hopes to change that — by mentoring underrepresented minority students and propelling them into the career that she loves.

Clinical Pearl
6 Pearls for Managing Astigmatism During Lens-Based Surgery
Toric IOLs have been hailed for enabling improved surgical accuracy. But with that gain, refractive cataract surgeons have also become more aware of corneal astigmatism and its management. Compared to what we once may have thought, astigmatism management requires more surgical planning than just picking a toric power based on topography values alone. Surgeons must factor in various other considerations, including different nomograms, online calculators, the patient’s age, target for astigmatic correction and the relaxing effects of the surgical wounds. Here are six tips to help guide your thought process for surgical planning.

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Academy Online Community Highlights

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

News in Brief

YO John Cropsey Receives Inaugural Artemis Award
The Academy’s Board of Trustees and Senior Ophthalmologist Committee have announced John Cropsey, MD, as the inaugural, 2014 recipient of the Artemis Award. The award honors young ophthalmologists who have demonstrated exemplary care of and service to patients. Dr. Cropsey, who now works in Burundi, Africa, was nominated by Wills Eye Institute. Two years ago, YO Info interviewed Dr. Cropsey about his work in Kenya.

OMIC Launches Online Resources for YOs
The Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company recently introduced a special section on their website, specifically tailored to ophthalmologists in their early years of practice. The section will feature monthly tips, initiatives and special offers. OMIC is the largest insurer of ophthalmologists in the United States. The Academy, AAOE and OMIC collaborate on educational initiatives and share resources in order to improve patient safety and prevent litigation against ophthalmologists. OMIC regularly adds new sample informed-consent forms and other resources to its website,

Featured Academy Resources
 • Latest Focal Points: Retinal Optical Coherence Tomography
 • Featured resource: Referral of Persons with Possible Eye Diseases or Injury clinical statement 
Latest EyeNet
 • Check out EyeNet's June feature, "A Quick Guide to Dry Eye"

Inspired to Give: One YO’s Response to a Friend’s Untimely Death
When young ophthalmologist Sunil K. Rao, MD, died suddenly at age 34, Daniel Brocks, MD, wanted a way to honor his friend. With help from the Academy Foundation, Dr. Brocks helped establish and fund the Sunil K. Rao, MD, Memorial Fellowship Award, which enabled two retina fellows to attend the 2013 Annual Meeting and Retina Subspecialty Day. What makes you passionate about ophthalmology? Whether it’s education, public service, ophthalmic history or helping colleagues in the developing world, the Academy has a program that needs your support. Learn more at

2014 YO Info Resident Edition Now Available
Designed especially for incoming residents, this special, expanded edition of YO Info covers everything from what to put in your call bag to key ophthalmic measurements, top resources for OKAP study and much more. View the 2014 resident edition.