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August 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 4: The Exam
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. This month, we turn our focus to the eye examination, which is comprised of 12 elements. These elements are performed as medically indicated by the patient’s chief complaint as well as any specific complaints.

‘Really Listen’: My Father’s Lessons on Treating Patients
In ophthalmology, we use the principle of total internal reflection to peer through our gonioscopy lens and take a look at those angles of the eye that we don’t routinely examine. At the start of this academic year, I encourage each of us to take a moment and look within. And when you look, really look.

Defending What We’ve Earned: YOs’ Role in Leadership, Advocacy
The power players of the Academy’s Secretariat for State Affairs met in Freeport, Maine, last month to strategize how to protect our profession and our patients against optometrists seeking to expand their scope of practice. This team of practicing ophthalmologists volunteers countless hours of their time throughout the year, but these battles aren’t simply the purview of senior ophthalmologists. It’s up to us as young ophthalmologists to help support and extend their hard work and dedication for the defense of our professional interests. That’s one reason I was there.

Featured Academy Resources
 • Latest Focal Points: Placement of Endocapsular IOLs in Eyes with Zonular Compromise
 • Featured resource: Marijuana in the Treatment of Glaucoma complementary therapy assessment 
Latest EyeNet
 • Check out EyeNet's August cataract clinical update, "FDA Update: Next-Generation IOLs."

One YO’s Quest to Change How Brazilian Parents See Congenital Cataracts
Public service and ophthalmology are in cataract surgeon Bruna Ventura’s blood. But when she was faced with an ever-increasing demand for congenital cataract surgery in her community in Brazil, the young physician responded with an innovative video project to educate families.

A Resident’s Guide to AAO 2014: Top 5 Reasons to Attend
The transition from training to practice can be unsettling to say the least. During this time, young ophthalmologists face a unique set of professional and personal demands and challenges. Fear not, though — at AAO 2014, the Academy will help guide you through the process. This month, YO Info takes a look at what the annual meeting has in store for residents and the top five reasons you should save the date.

Academy Online Community Highlights

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