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

Top news

  1. 10-month Medicare payment fix expected
  2. CMS considers ICD-10 delay
  3. Cosmetic tax repealed in New Jersey

Government, legislative, and regulatory affairs

  1. Getting your ducks in a row for the RAC
  2. Complying with the law while treating patients with special needs

Practice issues

  1. Attacking actinic keratoses
  2. Avoid downcoding by documenting a review of systems
  3. Crisis management: Planning for a system crash
  4. Is use of a single vial of botulinum toxin for multiple patients safe?

Meetings

  1. Register for 2012 Annual Meeting

Academy news and member services

  1. Academy seeks session directors for 2013 Annual Meeting
  2. Members Making a Difference nominees sought
  3. Funding available for international volunteer and humanitarian projects
  4. Volunteer during the Annual Meeting in San Diego
  5. New AK public education campaign tells public: “Listen to Your Skin”




Top news

  1. 10-month Medicare payment fix expected

A bipartisan House and Senate conference committee is finalizing a legislative proposal to delay for 10 months the scheduled 27 percent cut to Medicare physician payments that was set to begin March 1. This deal, which also includes both payroll tax and unemployment benefit extensions, follows a two-month push by the AADA and the physician community urging Congress to permanently repeal the broken sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. Check the legislative affairs section of the Academy’s website for updates on this as news develops.

  1. CMS considers ICD-10 delay

Marilyn Tavenner, the acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said earlier this week that her agency will reconsider the Oct. 1, 2013 implementation date for the ICD-10 code set transition. She told attendees at an American Medical Association conference that she wanted to work with them to implement ICD-10 in a way that would achieve its goals while recognizing physician concerns about the transition. Resources to help dermatologists with the ICD-10 transition are available on the Academy’s website.

  1. Cosmetic tax repealed in New Jersey

New Jersey’s controversial cosmetic procedure tax, implemented in 2004, was repealed in January after falling well short of revenue projections. February’s Dermatology World explores the problems with the tax and discusses a similar one that recently took effect in Connecticut.

Government, legislative, and regulatory affairs

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  1. Getting your ducks in a row for the RAC

    The RAC audit process can be intimidating, but physicians and practice management experts demonstrate that through careful preparation, doctors can pass through the process relatively unscathed.

  2. Complying with the law while treating patients with special needs
  3. The Academy’s practice management manager, Rachna Chaudhari, discusses how dermatology practices can comply with the complex regulations regarding patients with special needs.


Practice issues

  1. Attacking actinic keratoses

    Actinic keratosis is the second most common diagnosis made by dermatologists — virtually every dermatology practitioner will encounter it frequently. Multiple modalities let the physician tailor treatment to the patient.
     

  2. Avoid downcoding by documenting a review of systems

In this month’s “Cracking the Code,” Dirk Elston, MD, provides information to help practitioners avoid downcoding when he details the most common portion of the history that clinicians forget to document.

  1. Crisis management: Planning for a system crash

In the first edition of Dermatology World’s new “Technically Speaking” column, health IT expert Morris Stemp, MBA, details the system crash planning requirements mandated by law and explains how dermatology practices can make sure they’re prepared. In an online-only sidebar, he also explores best practices for ensuring a practice’s system is backed up.

  1. Is use of a single vial of botulinum toxin for multiple patients safe?

Dermatology World physician editor Abby Van Voorhees, MD, discusses the issue with David Ozog, MD, in this month’s “Acta Eruditorum” about his 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 in San Diego, is open. Review the scientific program and learn more about online registration and housing. Also check out AADMeetingNews.org to learn more about what’s happening at the meeting.

Academy news and member services

  1. Academy seeks session directors for 2013 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.

  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 the volunteerism of members of the Academy; winners are 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.

  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. For this project, the Academy will partner with St. Vincent de Paul Village, a rehabilitative program for the homeless of San Diego County. The deadline for registration has been extended until Feb. 27.

  1. New AK public education campaign tells public: “Listen to Your Skin”

The American Academy of Dermatology and LEO Pharma have joined together to educate Americans that sunburns and premature aging are not the only indications that skin has been damaged by UVR exposure. LEO Pharma and the Academy have partnered to launch Listen to Your Skin, a campaign aimed to raise awareness about the consequences and symptoms of cumulative sun damage, including actinic keratosis (AK) and skin cancer. The non-branded campaign debuted this week with a national media relations effort which directs the public to an informational website where visitors can discover more about AK and sun damage, view photos of AKs and skin cancers, and find out how to check their skin for AKs and other signs of sun damage. Encourage your patients to visit www.listentoyourskin.org and learn more about sun damage.

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