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

Top news

  1. Member resources available to address indoor tanning organization's claims
  2. Academy celebrates 75th anniversary
  3. Dermatology A to Z: Video Series now available in video archive

Government, legislative, and regulatory affairs

  1. 2013 state legislative sessions ready to convene
  2. AADA launches melanoma reporting resource

Practice issues

  1. Updated CPT manual a necessity
  2. Managing the risk of multiple carcinomas in transplant patients
  3. Broad legal waivers enable physician ACO participation
  4. Setting up a compliance process
  5. Finding your voice: Gain power during negotiations
  6. Patients helping patients: Groups increase roles in advocacy and reasearch

Meetings

  1. AAD president calls on colleagues to join Miami madness in March
  2. Check out Annual Meeting News for meeting news, coverage
  3. Academy seeks volunteers for Dermatology in Action program

Academy news and member services

  1. Elect to ‘go green’ in the 2013 AAD election
  2. Academy video demonstrates shaving tips
  3. International volunteer and humanitarian project grants available
  4. Shade Structure Program applications due Feb. 1
  5. Academy seeks submissions for 2014 Everett C. Fox, MD, Lectureship
  6. Members 70˝ or older can take advantage of IRA charitable rollover

Top news

  1. Member resources available to address indoor tanning organization's claims

The Academy has created a number of tools and resources to help members respond to claims by the American Suntanning Association (ASA), a new coalition of 14,000 indoor tanning salons. In recent media interviews and statements, the ASA has countered anti-tanning arguments and promoted moderate UV exposure by arguing that there is no scientific evidence that UV light is a carcinogen, and that exposure to UV radiation produces health benefits. AAD President Daniel M. Siegel, MD, has issued a statement regarding the formation of the ASA and the claims the ASA is making with regard to indoor tanning.

The AADA will continue to work with key regulatory agencies to ensure patient safety by advocating for stricter regulations on indoor tanning devices, and will work with other organizations who share the AAD’s commitment to banning indoor tanning to address the ASA’s claims. Email govtaffairs@aad.org for more information on AADA advocacy, and view the tools and resources available to AAD members about how to respond when approached by the media on this issue. Email mediarelations@aad.org for more information.

  1. Academy celebrates 75th anniversary

On Jan. 14-15, 1938, a small group of dermatologists braved a bitter Midwestern winter to gather at the Statler Hotel in Detroit to organize what became the American Academy of Dermatology and Syphilology. Learn more about the Academy’s founding and subsequent growth in this Dermatology World article. The Academy will celebrate this significant milestone with a number of events planned for Annual Meeting 2013 in Miami Beach, Fla., March 1-5.

  1. Dermatology A to Z: Video Series now available in video archive

The Academy’s Dermatology A to Z: Video Series is now available on a single video archive page to make it easy for patients to browse the entire series. The Academy produces the Dermatology A to Z: Video Series to demonstrate dermatologist-recommended tips patients can use to properly care for their skin, hair, and nails. View the video series here.

Government, legislative, and regulatory affairs

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  1. 2013 state legislative sessions ready to convene

Although state legislative sessions have only just recently closed for 2012, several legislatures have already convened for the 2013 session. Forty-one state legislatures and the District of Columbia have already begun or will begin this month, followed by five more states in February. Florida’s legislative session will begin on March 5, followed by Louisiana on April 8. Learn more about when your state’s 2013 legislative session is scheduled to begin. The AADA is already working with several states to introduce and respond to legislation in 2013 on indoor tanning, truth in advertising, and other important issues. The AADA encourages dermatologists to reach out to their newly elected and incumbent officials to educate them about the issues that affect the specialty and its patients. Email Kersten Burns to learn more about the resources available for state advocacy, or visit the AADA state affairs Web page.

  1. AADA launches melanoma reporting resource

The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) has developed a melanoma reporting resource designed to help dermatologists find out more information about individual state reporting requirements and registries. Dermatologists are required by state laws to report all new cases of melanoma to their state’s central cancer registry. However, recent studies indicate that some dermatologists are unaware of this obligation, or do not use the state registry to report melanoma cases. This underreporting of melanoma results in an underestimation of the true incidence of this disease, and inhibits states’ abilities to identify disease trends, track disease outbreaks, and aid in preventive measures. Learn more about your state’s cancer registry and reporting requirements. For more information, email Kersten Burns at kburns@aad.org.

Practice issues

  1. Updated CPT manual a necessity

    In this month’s Cracking the Code, new columnist Alexander Miller, MD, answers the perennial question, “Why do I need to get a new CPT manual anyway?

  2. Managing the risk of multiple carcinomas in transplant patients

Dermatology World Physician Editor Abby S. Van Voorhees, MD, talks with Sylvie Euvrard, MD, about her recent New England Journal of Medicine article, “Sirolimus and Secondary Skin-Cancer Prevention in Kidney Transplantation.”

  1. Broad legal waivers enable physician ACO participation

This Dermatology World article addresses some of the legal questions associated with accountable care organization (ACO) participation and the legal waivers issued by the federal government to encourage and facilitate such participation.

  1. Setting up a compliance process

In an era of heavy regulation, it’s more important than ever for medical practices to have a compliance program in place and controls set for their coding and billing staff. Dermatology World explores essential guidelines for providers and billing staff.

  1. Finding your voice: Gain power during negotiations

Leadership skills can help doctors gain power during negotiations. Learn how to sharpen your negotiating skills in this month’s Dermatology World.

  1. Patients helping patients: Groups increase roles in advocacy and reasearch

In this Dermatology World article, learn how advocacy groups for patients with dermatologic diseases are reaching beyond their traditional mission of providing support and information to patients and families.

Meetings

  1. AAD president calls on colleagues to join Miami madness in March

Academy President Daniel Siegel, MD, shares his enthusiasm for the city playing host to the 2013 Annual Meeting in his latest YouTube videos, "March Miami Madness," and the outtake reel, "Miami Beach Mashup." Early registration for the meeting is open for all categories until 12 p.m. (CT) on Jan. 30. After this date you can register online until Feb. 20 at 12 p.m. (CT) but must pay late fees. On-site registration opens Feb. 28 at 12 p.m. (ET).

  1. Check out Annual Meeting News for meeting news, coverage

Stay on top of the latest 71st Annual Meeting news at www.aadmeetingnews.org. The site includes advance news of the meeting and in-depth, on-site coverage of key sessions and events.

  1. Academy seeks volunteers for Dermatology in Action program

Register now to participate in the 2013 Dermatology in Action volunteer project to enhance a community center during Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, Fla., on Thursday, Feb. 28. Through HandsOn Broward, the Academy is partnering with the Miami Beach Police Athletic League (MBPAL) to enhance their community center. Founded in 1958, the MBPAL is a crime-prevention program that offers the youth of the community an array of academic, athletic, and artistic activities. Learn more about how you can participate here.

Academy news and member services

  1. Elect to ‘go green’ in the 2013 AAD election

    The 2013 AAD election is right around the corner and AAD members are encouraged to go green this election season by opting out of receiving a printed ballot packet by mail and committing to voting online instead. Members can quickly and easily opt out of the paper ballot on the Academy website by Feb. 1 and commit to voting online. Voting in the 2013 AAD election opens on March 2.

  1. Academy video demonstrates shaving tips

    Encourage patients who would like shaving tips to view the Academy’s “How to Shave” video. The video is part of the Dermatology A to Z: Video Series, which offers relatable videos that demonstrate tips people can use to properly care for their skin, hair, and nails. Please share this video via Facebook and Twitter and embed it into your practice website. If you have questions about how to share the video, call the Academy’s Communications Department at (847) 330-0230 or email mediarelations@aad.org.

  1. International volunteer and humanitarian project grants available

    Skin Care for Developing Countries grants are available to provide funding for international volunteer and humanitarian projects, and 2013 grants are due Jan. 31. Learn more and apply in the awards, grants, and scholarships section of AAD.org.

  1. Shade Structure Program applications due Feb. 1

    Applications for grants of up to $8,000 are available to public schools and non-profit organizations to fund installation of permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools, or recreation spaces. All applications, which are due Feb. 1, must be sponsored by an Academy member dermatologist. Information on the program and how to become a sponsor is available in the volunteer and mentor opportunities section of the Academy’s website.

  1. Academy seeks submissions for 2014 Everett C. Fox, MD, Lectureship

    The selected lecturer will receive a cash award of $10,000 and present a 30-minute lecture at AAD's summer meeting. Learn more about the requirements and apply online by June 19.

  1. Contributions to AAD eligible for IRA charitable rollover

    Donors age 70˝ or older are eligible to move up to $100,000 from their IRAs directly to qualified charities without paying income taxes on the money. Congress passed a late extension and provided two special transition rules. Learn more about these rules and how you can make a charitable contribution to the Academy here.

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