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

Top news

  1. Aetna policy change requires CLIA, CAP accreditation for in-office pathology
  2. Get ready, May 7 is Melanoma Monday
  3. AAD launches online Medical Student Core Curriculum

Government, legislative, and regulatory affairs

  1. CMS extends ICD-10 implementation deadline
  2. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield reverses Modifier 25 reduction in Kentucky and Indiana
  3. Dermatologists undaunted by indoor tanning industry’s claims

Practice issues

  1. Appropriate use of modifier 58
  2. What is the best way to treat severe atopic dermatitis?
  3. Who should enter what info into your EHR?
  4. Dermatology in the United Kingdom: How does it compare?
  5. Which way: Group practice or independent practice?
  6. Tattoos: Rebellion and remorse

Meetings

  1. 2012 Poster Award recipients
  2. Save the date for Summer Academy Meeting
  3. Journalists attend 2012 Annual Meeting to learn about skin, hair, and nail health

Academy news and member services

  1. Academy reports successes of 2011
  2. Nominate members who make a difference


Top news

  1. Aetna policy change requires CLIA, CAP accreditation for in-office pathology

The AADA is actively responding to an announcement from Aetna in early April that requires practices offering in-office surgical pathology testing to be both Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified and College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited to receive payment for surgical pathology services. AADA leadership met with Aetna earlier this week to share its concerns regarding the payer’s new policy and to appeal to them to reconsider the applicability of this policy to dermatologists.

  1. Get ready, May 7 is Melanoma Monday

In preparation for Melanoma Monday, the Academy’s Council on Communications has developed free resources to help you conduct media interviews and share information with your patients and social media followers. There are sample press materials, key messages, and media interview tips in the media relations toolkit. Beginning May 1, you can share and retweet the “31 Days, 31 Ways” of skin cancer prevention and detection tips posted on the Academy’s Facebook and Twitter pages. On May 7, you can begin sharing the Academy’s newest PSA campaign on your social media pages (and link to it from your website), and begin spreading the word about SPOT Skin Cancer™ and its free public education resources. On May 8, you can begin sharing a video that offers tips about how to apply a self-tanning product. By sharing information about skin cancer prevention and detection through traditional, electronic, and social media, you can help motivate the public to make positive behavior changes and reduce the incidence of skin cancer, and, most importantly, save lives.

  1. AAD launches online Medical Student Core Curriculum

The Academy recently launched its free, online Medical Student Core Curriculum, which was created by a work group of experienced dermatology educators based on the needs of today's learners. The Learner's guide for students and Educator's guide for teachers provide direction about using this collection of learning modules, which can serve as lectures, self-study for anyone rotating on dermatology, or as basic learning (core knowledge) for newly hired dermatology physician assistants. Each peer-reviewed module is based on the best-available evidence. Clinical vignettes and questions within each module provide a practical framework for learning. After completion of each module, learners can test their knowledge with quiz questions.

Government, legislative, and regulatory affairs

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  1. CMS extends ICD-10 implementation deadline

    The date by which dermatology practices must implement ICD-10 has been delayed until Oct. 1, 2014, according to a proposal released by CMS on April 9. The delay follows an earlier announcement by the CMS Office of E-Health Standards and Services (OESS) that it will not initiate enforcement action for an additional three months, through June 30, 2012, for the requirement that medical practices and other covered entities transition to Version 5010 of the HIPAA transaction code standards. Learn more about the ICD-10 and 5010 transitions.

  2. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield reverses Modifier 25 reduction in Kentucky and Indiana
  3. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kentucky and it parent company Wellpoint recently reversed a policy that, since Jan. 1, has reduced reimbursement by 50 percent for evaluation and management (E/M) services billed with modifier 25 in conjunction with procedure codes. Beginning June 1, WellPoint will reimburse at 100 percent of the allowable amount for these E/M codes except E/M codes billed with a modifier 25 with a preventive visit code. Learn more about the change and how dermatologists helped influence this change.

  4. Dermatologists undaunted by indoor tanning industry’s claims
  5. Under-18 bans and public education campaigns move forward in dermatology’s bid to “make tanning uncool.”

Practice issues

  1. Appropriate use of modifier 58

    Modifier 58 serves two major functions. Learn more about what they are and what constitutes appropriate use of this modifier.
     

  2. What is the best way to treat severe atopic dermatitis?

M.E. Schram, MD, PhD, provides insight into her Journal of Clinical Allergy and Immunology article, “A randomized trial of methotrexate vs. azathioprine for severe atopic eczema.”

  1. Who should enter what info into your EHR?

Gilly Munavalli, MD, MHS, says hiring and training technology-proficient assistants at the point of care can optimize contact time with patients.

  1. Dermatology in the United Kingdom: How does it compare?

Three dermatologists from the United Kingdom share their thoughts about the pros and cons of their health care system.

  1. Which way: Group practice or independent practice?

Dermatologists detail the considerations that lead more of them to choose employment rather than independent practice.

  1. Tattoos: Rebellion and remorse

More Americans are getting — and getting rid of — tattoos.

Meetings

  1. 2012 Poster Award recipients

Learn more about the posters that were honored with the AAD's Poster Exhibit Awards at the Academy's 70th Annual Meeting.

  1. Save the date for Summer Academy Meeting

Summer Academy Meeting 2012 will be held Aug. 15-19 in Boston. Registration opens on May 16.

  1. Journalists attend 2012 Annual Meeting to learn about skin, hair, and nail health

More than 75 journalists from six countries attended the Annual Meeting to learn about the latest advances in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. The media will use this information in stories written and broadcast throughout the year to help educate the public about the importance of skin, hair, and nail health.

Academy news and member services

  1. Academy reports successes of 2011

    The 2011 Annual Report to Members includes reports from the Academy’s councils and provides a look at the many ways the Academy serves its constituencies.

  1. Nominate members who make a difference

    Give Academy members the opportunity to be inspired by compassionate volunteer work by nominating yourself or a colleague for the Members Making a Difference Award, which honors the volunteerism of members of the Academy. Winners are profiled monthly in Dermatology World.

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