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Welcome to the American Academy of Dermatology’s electronic member newsletter.

Top news

  1. Suzanne Olbricht, MD, named Academy secretary-treasurer
  2. CMS delays stage 2 of EHR meaningful use

Government, legislative and regulatory affairs

  1. Medicare quality measure reporting deadlines approach
  2. RACs: Medicare’s bounty hunters on the prowl
  3. Transparency legislation gains momentum

Practice issues

  1. Managing follow-up appointments to see more new patients
  2. When can I bill a biopsy in conjunction with another procedure?
  3. Apples to apples: Comparative effectiveness research gaining traction
  4. What does a new staging system for SCC mean for dermatologists?

Meetings

  1. Register for 2012 Annual Meeting
  2. Volunteer during the Annual Meeting in San Diego
  3. Late-breaking research submissions sought

Academy news and member services

  1. Advisory Board policy resolutions sought
  2. Academy seeks session directors for 71st Annual Meeting
  3. Members Making a Difference nominees sought
  4. Funding available for international volunteer and humanitarian projects


Top news

  1. Suzanne Olbricht, MD, named Academy secretary-treasurer

The American Academy of Dermatology’s Board of Directors has selected Suzanne Olbricht, MD, to serve as secretary-treasurer. Dr. Olbricht officially took over the position Jan. 1, 2012 to complete the term of Robert D. Greenberg, MD, who resigned. Her term will run through the close of the 2016 Annual Meeting.

  1. CMS delays stage 2 of EHR meaningful use

In a rule scheduled to be published in February, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will delay the requirement that EHR adopters attest to using stage 2 meaningful use criteria in order to qualify for incentive payments. The criteria, which are currently being developed, are expected to feature much more rigorous requirements concerning data exchange between health care providers. The requirements were originally slated to take effect in 2013 for providers who started the meaningful use process in 2011, but will now take effect in 2014. The extra time, CMS said, will allow vendors to create functionality to meet the new criteria and give providers additional time to implement that functionality before attestation.

Government, legislative and regulatory affairs

  1. Medicare quality measure reporting deadlines approach

    Dermatologists who report quality measures to Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting System (formerly PQRI) will be eligible for a bonus payment up to 1 percent if they report 2011 quality measures through the AAD registry. Dermatologists who purchased the registry by Dec. 16 have until Jan. 31, 2012 to submit the information. More information is available on the Academy’s website.

  2. RACs: Medicare’s bounty hunters on the prowl
  3. Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) seek out Medicare overpayments and are paid a percentage of everything they collect. This incentive to find as many overpayments as possible has led to them being dubbed the bounty hunters of the Medicare program. Educate yourself on the RAC audit process in the January installment of Dermatology World’s new Legally Speaking column.

  4. Transparency legislation gains momentum
  5. Legislation that requires health care providers to disclose their qualifications both in advertising and on their personal identification badges is gaining support throughout the country. The push could significantly change the way medical professionals identify and advertise themselves.

Practice issues

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  1. Managing follow-up appointments to see more new patients

    Managing follow-up appointments, acute care, and extender use can lead to a more efficient practice schedule. Alexa Kimball, MD, MPH, and others share their solutions for extending service despite limits on workforce and space.
     

  2. When can I bill a biopsy in conjunction with another procedure?

In this month’s “Cracking the Code,” Dirk Elston, MD, explores the use of modifier 59 to avoid bundling procedures that relate to separate and distinct lesions.

  1. Apples to apples: Comparative effectiveness research gaining traction

Comparing two or more treatments in a real-world setting is not a new concept, but it is one that’s becoming a hot topic in medicine. Dermatology World recently looked at how comparative effectiveness research may impact dermatology.

  1. What does a new staging system for SCC mean for dermatologists?

In this month’s “Acta Eruditorum,” physician editor Abby Van Voorhees, MD, speaks with Nanette Liégeois, MD, PhD, about her recent article in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Meetings

  1. Register for 2012 Annual Meeting

Registration for the Academy’s 70th Annual Meeting, being held March 16-20, 2012, in San Diego, is open. Review the scientific program and learn more about online registration and housing.

  1. Volunteer during the Annual Meeting in San Diego

Get ready to give back to the city of San Diego by volunteering for the Academy’s Dermatology in Action project on March 15. The deadline for registration is Feb. 13.

  1. Late-breaking research submissions sought

The deadline for submissions to the popular Late Breaking Research session (S008), returning for the 70th Annual Meeting in San Diego, is Feb. 3 at 5 p.m. (CT). The two-hour session, to be led by Richard L. Gallo, MD, PhD, is dedicated to the latest in dermatology research and will be presented on Friday, March 16. All members of the Academy are encouraged to submit abstracts of their most recent research results.

Academy news and member services

  1. Advisory Board policy resolutions sought

    The Academy’s Advisory Board is seeking input from the Academy’s grassroots through the submission of proposed policy resolutions. The board convenes each year to discuss issues of importance to individual practitioners and bring proposed new issues to the Board of Directors. Interested parties are encouraged to submit their resolutions by the Feb. 24 deadline for discussion at the reference committee hearing during the 70th Annual Meeting. All resolutions or inquiries on the process should be submitted to Barbara Greenan, staff liaison to the Advisory Board, at bgreenan@aad.org.

  1. Academy seeks session directors for 71st Annual Meeting

    Opportunities to participate in the Scientific Program of the American Academy of Dermatology’s 71st Annual Meeting, being held in Miami Beach, Fla., March 1-5, 2013, are available on the Academy’s website. Members who have previously directed a session may apply to direct any type of session; members who would be first-time session directors may apply to direct a focus session.

    To learn more about the different session types and to submit an application, visit www.aad.org/faculty/am2013/application/. Applications are due March 16, 2012 and will be reviewed by the Scientific Assembly Committee. Members with questions may contact the education department via email at speakers@aad.org for additional assistance.

  1. Members Making a Difference nominees sought

Give Academy members the opportunity to be inspired by compassionate volunteer work being done by dermatologists by nominating yourself or a colleague for the Members Making a Difference Award. This special award honors members of the Academy for their volunteer work; winners have their volunteer work profiled in Dermatology World. Visit www.aad.org/membersmakingadifference to learn more or complete the online nomination form.

Looking for volunteer opportunities? The Academy offers many ways for members to get involved.

  1. Funding available for international volunteer and humanitarian projects

The Academy has made funding available for small international volunteer and humanitarian projects. Requests should be submitted online to the Education and Volunteers Abroad Committee. Requests will be reviewed by the committee in March, July, and December. For more information, contact Coura Badiane, international affairs specialist, at cbadiane@aad.org.

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