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

Top news

  1. FDA extends deadline for sunscreen label requirements
  2. SPOT Skin Cancer™ launches on Melanoma Monday®
  3. Academy debuts new skin cancer PSAs
  4. Academy launches public education video series
  5. Skin cancer media relations tools available

Government, legislative, and regulatory affairs

  1. AADA rapid-response team convinces Aetna to clarify policy on accreditation for in-office pathology labs
  2. Vermont becomes second state in the nation to prohibit indoor tanning for minors

Practice issues

  1. MAC requires new EFT authorization agreement in jurisdiction H
  2. Boards approve Mohs appropriate use criteria
  3. Using pathology codes
  4. Acrylates and contact dermatitis
  5. How far can you go in regulating workplace conduct?
  6. What to do when the HR department is you
  7. Battling alopecia areata
  8. Accountable care organizations (ACOs) seek to incentivize culture of quality, efficiency
  9. Stepping up to EHR

Meetings

  1. Summer Academy Meeting registration is now open

Academy news and member services

  1. AAD and AAD Association councils, committees, and task forces appointment application now available
  2. 2012 Derm CareerLink provides employment information
  3. Nominate members who make a difference

Top news

  1. FDA extends deadline for sunscreen label requirements

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended compliance deadlines for sunscreen labeling changes to Dec. 17, 2012 for products with annual sales greater than $25,000 and Dec. 17, 2013 for all other products. Members can learn more about the anticipated changes and what to tell patients in a June 2012 Dermatology World feature. In response to the changes, the AADA issued a statement Friday saying it understands the FDA’s decision to extend the compliance dates for the sunscreen labeling and testing requirements in the interest of protecting public health.

  1. SPOT Skin Cancer™ launches on Melanoma Monday®

On May 7, Melanoma Monday®, the Academy launched SPOT Skin Cancer™, a large-scale public awareness initiative about skin cancer prevention and detection. Media coverage kicked off when Susan Taylor, MD, discussed melanoma facts in a “Today” show segment that promoted SpotSkinCancer.org. Several health and beauty magazines also promoted the SPOT program. A wrap-up of May skin cancer media coverage will be provided in an upcoming issue of Academy E-News.

  1. Academy debuts skin cancer PSAs

Look for the Academy’s new skin cancer PSAs, which will begin appearing on radio, television and cable stations across the country. “Golf” uses humorous golf course hazards to encourage men to check their skin for skin cancer. “Born” asks young women to stop tanning, because melanoma is the second-most-common form of cancer for teens and young adults ages 15-29. Share the PSAs via Facebook and Twitter and embed them into your practice website to encourage others to prevent and detect skin cancer. If you have questions about the campaign or how to share it, call the Academy’s Communications Department at (847) 330-0230 or email mediarelations@aad.org.

  1. Academy launches public education video series

Self-tanner: How to apply” is the first video in 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. A new video in the series will be posted to the Academy’s website and YouTube channel every month.

  1. Skin cancer media relations tools available

Free resources are available to help you secure and prepare for media interviews about skin cancer detection and prevention. Sample press materials, key messages, and media interview tips can be found in the Academy’s Media Relations Tool Kit.

Government, legislative, and regulatory affairs

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  1. AADA rapid-response team convinces Aetna to clarify policy on accreditation for in-office pathology labs

    Dermatology practices with in-office laboratories do not need to provide Aetna with additional accreditation documentation.

  2. Vermont becomes second state in the nation to prohibit indoor tanning for minors
  3. This legislation bans indoor tanning by those under age 18.

  4. MAC requires new EFT authorization agreement in jurisdiction H
  5. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has appointed Novitas Solutions Inc. as the new Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) for handling both Medicare Part A and B fee-for-service claims in the states of Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico, also known as jurisdiction H (JH). Novitas has announced that dermatology practices enrolled in electronic funds transfer (EFT) with Pinnacle Business Solutions Inc. (PBSI), which applies to those in Louisiana and Arkansas, should expect a letter from Novitas Solutions Inc. requesting a new CMS-588 EFT authorization agreement. Failure to complete and submit a new agreement may result in a delay or interruption of Medicare payments.

Practice issues

  1. Boards approve Mohs appropriate use criteria

    The Boards of Directors of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American College of Mohs Surgery, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association, and the American Society for Mohs Surgery reviewed and approved appropriate use criteria for Mohs micrographic surgery during the Academy’s Annual Meeting, held March 16-20 in San Diego. Read the Boards-approved Mohs AUC.

  2. Using pathology codes

Dirk M. Elston, MD, demonstrates how to properly apply pathology codes.

  1. Acrylates and contact dermatitis

Find out why acrylates remain a problem, even though the FDA removed methyl methacrylate (MMA) from the market in the 1970s.

  1. How far can you go in regulating workplace conduct?

The answer is pretty far, as long as the conduct that is being regulated is reasonably related to the employee’s work performance and the rules are established and applied in a fair and nondiscriminatory fashion.

  1. What to do when the HR department is you

Owners of small offices can rely on established best practices to anticipate and solve personnel problems.

  1. Battling alopecia areata

Dermatologists are looking to genetic treatments to offer relief to patients who suffer from “the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the United States.”

  1. Accountable care organizations (ACOs) seek to incentivize culture of quality, efficiency

ACOs are willing to reward dermatologists who produce both.

  1. Stepping up to EHR

CMS releases stage 2 meaningful use criteria for EHR and gives vendors and practitioners additional time for implementation.

Meetings

  1. Summer Academy Meeting registration is now open

Summer Academy Meeting 2012 will be held Aug. 15-19 in Boston, and for the first time the Academy is offering online-only registration.

Academy news and member services

  1. AAD and AAD Association councils, committees, and task forces appointment application now available

    Apply online to be considered for a 2013 appointment. Application closes June 30.

  1. 2012 Derm CareerLink provides employment information

    The Derm CareerLink Occupational Outlook 2012 provides members with information about the employment outlook for dermatology, including how technology can enhance your career, insights into sub-specialization, tips for resumes and CVs, a listing of employment opportunities, and more.

  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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