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

Top news

  1. Medicare releases proposed fee schedule rule for 2013
  2. Dermatology remains exempt from Aetna in-office pathology lab accreditation policy
  3. New York, Rhode Island prohibit indoor tanning for minors
  4. Academy video provides patients with tips for healthy hair

Government, legislative, and regulatory affairs

  1. Compliance programs are more important now than ever
  2. Running on empty: FDA, Congress working to mitigate drug shortages
  3. Registration open for 2012 Legislative Conference

Practice issues

  1. Trained for the task: Dermatologists ready to fight for their right to perform cosmetic procedures
  2. Less-used procedural modifiers that can come in handy
  3. What is the best vaccination strategy for promoting immunity?
  4. Performance measured: Physicians use quality metrics to improve practices, earn incentives

Meetings

  1. Summer Academy Meeting early registration closes tomorrow
  2. Summer Academy Meeting is all a-Twitter!

Academy news and member services

  1. Nominations being accepted for Young Investigators award
  2. AAD and AAD Association councils, committees, and task forces appointment applications now available
  3. Scholarships available for international society meetings
  4. Nominate members who make a difference
  5. Help patients learn more about head lice

Top news

  1. Medicare releases proposed fee schedule rule for 2013

The proposed fee schedule rule states that without congressional action, the sustainable growth rate (SGR) will cut payments to physicians by 27 percent. However, assuming Congress passes a fix, CMS estimates that dermatology will see a 1 percent drop in payments, faring better than many other non-primary-care specialties. The rule also includes proposed updates to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). At this time, Medicare is proposing to maintain the four dermatology-specific measures related to melanoma and biopsy-related care coordination in the 2013 PQRS program. AADA staff continues to analyze the proposed rule and will provide updates to members.

  1. Dermatology remains exempt from Aetna in-office pathology lab accreditation policy

Aetna recently mailed a letter to all specialties other than dermatology to explain the timeline for implementation of its in-office pathology accreditation policy. Some dermatologists received letters about this policy change in error. If you suspect your practice may have received the wrong letter, or have questions about how Aetna’s in-office pathology policy applies to you, please call Aetna’s Senior Network Manager Tammy Gaul at (215) 775-2437 or fax correspondence to (860) 754-1740.

  1. New York, Rhode Island prohibit indoor tanning for minors

Two more states have passed bills that prohibit the use of indoor tanning devices by minors. New York’s legislation prohibits the use of indoor tanning beds by those 16 and younger, and requires 17-year-olds to obtain parental consent. Rhode Island’s legislation prohibits the use of indoor tanning beds by minors under the age of 18 without parental consent.

  1. Academy video provides patients with tips for healthy hair

Dermatologists have a new resource for patients who ask questions about how to maintain smooth, shiny hair: The Academy’s “Tips for Healthy Hair” 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. Members are encouraged to share this video via Facebook and Twitter and embed it into their practice websites. The Academy’s Communications Department is available to address questions about how to share the video. Contact staff at (847) 330-0230 or email mediarelations@aad.org.

Government, legislative, and regulatory affairs

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  1. Compliance programs are more important now than ever

    A recent Dermatology World column by attorneys Daniel Shay and Alice Gosfield elucidates new liability concerns and outlines how to develop or update a compliance program to protect your practice.

  2. Running on empty: FDA, Congress working to mitigate drug shortages
  3. With drug shortages at an all-time high, members of Congress have proposed bipartisan legislation to address the issue, and the FDA is taking action to mitigate future shortages. Dermatology World takes a look at how this issue affects Academy members.

  4. Registration open for 2012 Legislative Conference
  5. Participants can learn more about the issues facing dermatology and meet with members of Congress to advocate for the specialty and its patients.

Practice issues

  1. Trained for the task: Dermatologists ready to fight for their right to perform cosmetic procedures

    Media reports have raised public concern about who is qualified to perform cosmetic procedures. Dermatologists can point to evidence that supports their claim to provide unparalleled expertise in the medical and surgical care of skin. Dermatology World explores how dermatologists are confronting this issue.

  2. Less-used procedural modifiers that can come in handy

Dirk M. Elston, MD, demonstrates how a handful of procedural modifiers can make a difference in your coding process.

  1. What is the best vaccination strategy for promoting immunity?

Dermatology World physician editor Abby S. Van Voorhees talks with Thomas S. Kupper, MD, about his recent Nature article, “Skin infection generates non-migratory memory CD8+ T(RM) cells providing global skin immunity.”

  1. Performance measured: Physicians use quality metrics to improve practices, earn incentives

Reporting on the four most applicable measures in Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) can help physicians earn Medicare incentive payments. Dermatology World considers the benefits and challenges of participating.

Meetings

  1. Summer Academy Meeting early registration closes tomorrow

Summer Academy Meeting 2012 will be held Aug. 15-19 in Boston. New Update Platform sessions that cover medical dermatology, cosmetic and dermatologic surgery, pediatric dermatology, cutaneous oncology, and dermatopathology are among the many highlights at this year’s meeting.

  1. Academy meetings are all a-Twitter!

The Academy Meeting News Twitter feed is a great way to share and receive meeting updates, news and opinions, and engage in discussions. Besides being able to access valuable meeting information, such as sessions and events, and special deals offered on AAD products, meeting attendees can share their experiences with others using the meeting hashtag #AAD12. Make sure to follow @AADmtgs to get the latest information.

Academy news and member services

  1. Nominations being accepted for Young Investigators award

    The AAD Awards for Young Investigators in Dermatology recognize outstanding research by dermatologists-in-training in the United States and Canada, and the educational institutions that support their efforts. Two young investigators will be selected as recipients, and each winner will receive an engraved plaque and a $6,000 prize that is shared between the investigator and the nominating residency program on a 50/50 basis. Nominations are being accepted until Sept. 30.

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

    Apply online to be considered for a 2013 appointment.

  1. Scholarships available for international society meetings

    Applicants must be residents, fellows, or young dermatologists. Learn more and apply by Sept. 28.

  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.

  1. Help patients learn more about head lice

    Millions of people get head lice each year. To help members educate patients about how to treat and prevent infestations, the Academy recently added content on this topic to its Dermatology A to Z patient education section on AAD.org.

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