February 2008 (Read here: http://www.aao.org/yo/newsletter/200802/index.cfm) 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). Editor's Note This issue, we are pleased to introduce a new topical archive, created to help you quickly and easily find related articles in previous issues of YO Info. Look for links to these archives at the top and bottom of each article. Let us know what you think of this feature, or stories you would like to see in a future YO Info, by sending an e-mail to [email protected]. Practice Management Designing Effective Ophthalmic Medical Space Efficiency and improved performance are the main motivations behind any capital investment decision. Whether you are considering new equipment or a new or redesigned office, you need to consider how this improvement will help support the practices most valuable resource, the physician(s). Caring for Our Elderly Patients With the typical ophthalmology practice having 65 percent or more Medicare-age patients, it is important not to draw conclusions about patients based on their age alone or their medical condition. However, elderly patients seen in the ophthalmology office have special age-related health problems and emotional needs, which ophthalmic medical assistants should consider. Features Seven Pearls for Ensuring Excellent Visual Outcome after Corneal Refractive Surgery The popularity of laser refractive surgery is staggering, with more than 17 million procedures performed to date and an estimated 1.3 million procedures performed worldwide each year. While LASIK and PRK have grown in acceptance, relatively few ophthalmology programs have offered their residents significant training and experience in performing these procedures. For those of you who are new to corneal refractive surgery, I offer these few tips and pearls aimed at improving your personal experience with the procedures and, ultimately, ensuring the excellent visual outcome for your patients. New Ophthalmic News & Education Network is the O.N.E. for You If you are not familiar with the new Ophthalmic News & Education Network (O.N.E.) then you are missing out on a fantastic FREE resource. After years of discussion about what members truly wanted and needed in an education resource center, the Academy has delivered a customized clinical education source that provides all of the functionality, targeted information and cutting-edge search technology any ophthalmologist could hope for. Events & Resources Register for the Next CODEQuest in Your State Learn how to appropriately maximize reimbursement at one of these convenient one-day, state-specific seminars. Courses now include a new component on the ethics of coding. Discounted registration fee for medical residents. Abstract Submitter for Atlanta Opens in March Starting March 12, submit abstracts for scientific exhibits, papers/posters and videos using the Annual Meeting online abstract submitter. More details in Presenter Central. Download Free Practice Management Courses from 2007 Annual Meeting Take one of several online courses from the 2007 AAOE Program at the Annual Meeting and earn CME credits. Each meeting highlight course is one to two hours in duration. Preferred Practice Patterns: Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma As a service to its members and the public, the Academy has developed a series of guidelines called Preferred Practice Patterns (PPP) that identify characteristics and components of quality eye care. The YO Info newsletter provides a link to a PPP to help familiarize young ophthalmologists with this important resource.