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

Top news

  1. Rep. Bilbray and his daughter share skin cancer experiences in SPOT video
  2. Volunteer or recommend a clinic for the Academy’s teledermatology program
  3. Academy video shows patients anti-aging tips

Government, legislative, and regulatory affairs

  1. Massachusetts passes pharmaceutical industry reforms
  2. Registration open for 2012 Legislative Conference

Practice issues

  1. Most commonly used procedural modifiers
  2. Can genetic tests predict the aggressiveness of melanoma?
  3. EHRs and overcoding — how templates can lead to audits
  4. Dermatology in Brazil: How does it compare?
  5. Dermatology incorporated: More practices are owned and managed by a central entity
  6. Bridging the practice gaps
  7. Climbing the 5010 mountain

Meetings

  1. Academy launches app for Summer Academy Meeting 2012
  2. Summer Academy Meeting 2012 is now open

Academy news and member services

  1. Nominations being accepted for Young Investigators award
  2. Scholarships available for international society meetings
  3. Nominate members who make a difference
  4. Help patients learn more about bedbugs

Top news

  1. Rep. Bilbray and his daughter share skin cancer experiences in SPOT video

Rep. Brian Bilbray of California and his daughter, Briana, shared their skin cancer stories in this recent SPOT Skin Cancer® video. Rep. Bilbray was treated in 2011 for squamous cell carcinoma on his lip, and his youngest daughter, Briana, was diagnosed in the same year with melanoma, which has since recurred twice. Congressman Bilbray and Briana are serving as SPOTlighters, and are sharing their story as part of the Academy’s SPOT Skin Cancer® initiative.

  1. Volunteer or recommend a clinic for the Academy’s teledermatology program

AccessDerm is an Academy-sponsored teledermatology program that allows volunteer AAD member dermatologists to provide care to underserved populations in the United States. Members can volunteer, recommend a clinic, or do both. Learn more about the program and how you can help.

  1. Academy video shows patients anti-aging tips

If you have patients who ask questions about how to see the most desirable results from an age-fighting product, encourage them to view the Academy’s “Wrinkle remedies” 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. 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.

Government, legislative, and regulatory affairs

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  1. Massachusetts passes pharmaceutical industry reforms

    Massachusetts recently passed pharmaceutical industry reform legislation that includes a provision for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers to provide practitioners with modest meals and refreshments in connection with non-CME educational presentations about products or scientific information, if certain conditions are met. The legislation also allows medical device manufacturers to pay for a practitioner’s reasonable expenses that are necessary for technical training on the use of medical devices. It eliminates the condition that the expense is part of the vendor’s purchase contract for a device. The law expires in July 2015 and will be reevaluated then.

  2. Registration open for 2012 Legislative Conference
  3. Participants can learn more about the issues facing dermatology and meet with members of Congress. Find out more about the conference and register online.

Practice issues

  1. The most commonly used procedural modifiers

    Dirk M. Elston, MD, discusses the most common modifiers used to report services that should not be bundled into the global surgery package in this Dermatology World article.

  2. Can genetic tests predict the aggressiveness of melanoma?

Dermatology World Physician Editor Abby S. Van Voorhees, MD, talks with Pedram Gerami, MD, about his recent American Journal of Surgical Pathology article, “Distinctive Clinical and Histologic Features in Cutaneous Melanoma with Copy-number gains in 8q24.”

  1. EHRs and overcoding — how templates can lead to audits

Carrying forward information from a previous visit can ease documentation burdens, but the challenge is to realize these benefits while not producing notes that are overly templated and uniform. Learn the pitfalls of this practice in this Dermatology World article.

  1. Dermatology in Brazil: How does it compare?

With 7,000 dermatologists who serve a population of 200 million, Brazil has a similar ratio of dermatologists to patients as in the United States. In this Dermatology World article, learn more about how Brazil’s health care system operates in comparison to the U.S. system.

  1. Dermatology incorporated: More practices are owned and managed by a central entity

With a health care system in upheaval and a clear trend toward fewer young physicians hoping to open their own practices, a number of significant players in the health care industry are making bets on what they believe will be a big part of the future of dermatology: Practices that are owned and managed by a central entity. Learn more in this Dermatology World article.

  1. Bridging the practice gaps

Identifying practice gaps is at the core of a move toward continuous professional development and outcomes-based education. Learn more about this trend in Dermatology World.

  1. Climbing the 5010 mountain

After an arduous back-and-forth with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), vendors and dermatology practices have achieved 5010 compliance. Learn more about this transition in Dermatology World. This is the first step toward the implementation of ICD-10. Learn more about this transition.

Meetings

  1. Academy launches app for Summer Academy Meeting 2012

Download the Academy’s new meeting app at www.aad.org/mobile to get the full Summer Academy Meeting experience on the go in Boston, Aug. 15-19. The app allows you to navigate interactive maps, organize meeting session schedules, send messages to your colleagues, search for exhibitors, view sessions that are about to start, take notes, post to Facebook and Twitter, and much more.

  1. Summer Academy Meeting 2012 is now open

Summer Academy Meeting 2012 opened Aug. 15 and runs through Aug. 19. Catch all the breaking meeting news at www.aadmeetingnews.org and via the Academy’s Meeting News Twitter feed. 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. 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 bedbugs

    It’s easy to bring bedbugs home; they can crawl into luggage, clothing, and even furniture, unnoticed. 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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