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

Top news

  1. JAAD launches apps for smartphones and iPad
  2. Dermatologic conditions included in U.S. government plan to provide screening, treatment to 9/11 first responders
  3. Academy video shows patients tips for clearer skin

Government, legislative, and regulatory affairs

  1. Divining the future of insurance exchanges
  2. Funding the future: NIH support
  3. CMS releases final EHR stage 2 rule

Practice issues

  1. Dress codes: Ensuring that your employees’ clothing reflects your practice’s image
  2. Understanding HPI elements
  3. Is the REG3A protein the culprit in psoriasis?
  4. Is your practice HIPAA strong?
  5. In the spotlight: Dermatopathology reimbursement

Meetings

  1. Get ready for Annual Meeting 2013
  2. Media relations toolkit features Summer Academy Meeting 2012 media wrap-up
  3. Shade structure awarded to Boston-area school

Academy news and member services

  1. Academy seeks nominations for 2013 AAD election
  2. AAD looking for a few good dermatology apps
  3. Scholarships available for international society meetings
  4. Nominate members who make a difference
  5. JAAD, Dermatologic Surgery publish Mohs surgery appropriate use criteria

Top news

  1. JAAD launches apps for smartphones and iPad

Elsevier, publisher of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD), offers several new ways for users to access its dermatology content using mobile devices. JAAD smartphone apps allow users to read JAAD articles on iPhones and Android devices. In addition, the JAAD iPad app offers an unparalleled reading experience on the iPad. Learn more about how to download and use the free apps here.

  1. Dermatologic conditions included in U.S. government plan to provide screening, treatment to 9/11 first responders

The World Trade Center Health Program will provide $4.3 billion in treatment and compensation via the Zadroga Act to 9/11 first responders who were diagnosed with cancer after they inhaled toxic dust at Ground Zero. Included in the list of covered cancers are dermatologic conditions such as malignant neoplasms of the lip, tongue, salivary gland, floor of mouth, gum, and other mouth, tonsil, oropharynx, hypopharynx, and other oral cavity and pharynx; malignant neoplasms of the soft tissues (sarcomas); and malignant neoplasms of the skin (melanoma and non-melanoma), including scrotal cancer. About 40,000 responders and survivors receive monitoring and 20,000 receive treatment for their illnesses as part of the Zadroga Act's health program. Learn more here.

  1. Academy video shows patients tips for clearer skin

Encourage patients who would like skin-care tips for reducing their acne to view the Academy’s “Acne: Tips to Help You See Clearer Skin” 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. Please share this video via Facebook and Twitter, and embed it into your practice's 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. Divining the future of insurance exchanges

    The Affordable Care Act requires all states to establish insurance exchanges to allow individuals and small businesses a place to find, compare, and purchase health insurance. Most states are working to build these exchanges; some more quickly than others. Dermatology World explores how these exchanges will work and what effect they will have on dermatology.

  2. Funding the future: NIH support
  3. Investigators are stepping up their game to compete for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding support for their research initiatives. Dermatology World explores the implications of current funding trends on the specialty of dermatology.

  4. CMS releases final EHR stage 2 rule
  5. According to the Centers for Mediare and Medicaid Services, the rule enhances health information exchange between providers and promotes patient engagement. Learn more about the rule here.

Practice issues

  1. Dress codes: Ensure that your employees' clothing reflects your practice’s image

    Having a professional image is important for your medical practice to stay competitive. Dermatology World explores how you can ensure your staff is projecting their best image to patients.

  2. Understanding HPI elements

Dirk M. Elston, MD, elucidates how history of present illness (HPI) is an essential component of patient history.

  1. Is the REG3A protein the culprit in psoriasis?

Dermatology World physician editor Abby S. Van Voorhees talks with Richard L. Gallo, MD, PhD, about his recent Immunity article, “The Antimicrobial Protein REG3A Regulates Keratinocyte Proliferation and Differentiation after Skin Injury.”

  1. Is your practice HIPAA strong?

This summary of physicians’ obligations under HIPAA explains why several ounces of prevention in this area can save your practice from the ruinous consequences of a data breach. Dermatology World covers the HIPAA basics.

  1. In the spotlight: Dermatopathology reimbursement

Payer concerns about dermatopathology reimbursement are driving consolidation and discussion about the importance of the referral relationship. Dermatology World takes a closer look at this issue.

Meetings

  1. Get ready for Annual Meeting 2013

The American Academy of Dermatology's Annual Meeting will return to Miami Beach, Fla., March 1-5, 2013. Housing and registration for the 2013 Annual Meeting will open in November. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

  1. Media relations toolkit features Summer Academy Meeting 2012 media wrap-up

Media outreach activities at the recent Summer Academy meeting educated the public about dermatologic health. As a part of this effort, the Academy distributed an electronic press kit featuring news releases from Summer Academy Meeting to more than 11,000 media across the country. In addition, reporters from Cutis/Cosmetic Dermatology, Skin & Allergy News, The Dermatologist, Rosacea Review, and Dermatology Times attended the meeting. To learn more about these and other activities from the meeting, visit the media relations toolkit. The Academy’s media relations toolkit has the information you need to build interaction with the media, stay up to date on the latest news in dermatology, and increase the visibility of your practice. Full coverage of the Summer Academy Meeting scientific program also is available for AAD members on the Academy Meeting News website.

  1. Shade structure awarded to Boston-area school

As part of the Dermatology in Action service initiative that gives back to the cities in which the Academy hosts its scientific meetings, a shade structure grant was awarded to Mattahunt Elementary School in Mattapan, Mass. More information about Dermatology in Action and the Shade Structure Grant program is available on AAD.org.

Academy news and member services

  1. Academy seeks nominations for 2013 AAD election

    The AAD Nominating Committee seeks nominees for the offices of president-elect, vice-president-elect, Board of Directors, and Nominating Committee member representatives in the Eastern region. Learn more about these opportunities and submit all required materials by Nov.1.

  1. AAD looking for a few good dermatology apps

    The Academy wants to build relationships with companies and individuals who have developed or are developing mobile apps that matter to dermatologists and their patients. The Academy would like to hear from members about mobile apps they use professionally or recommend as health care resources to their patients. Learn more here.

  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. JAAD, Dermatologic Surgery publish Mohs surgery appropriate use criteria

    The Mohs surgery appropriate use criteria have been published online and in the October editions of JAAD and Dermatologic Surgery. Member feedback is sought on resources that would be helpful to implement the Mohs surgery appropriate use criteria (AUC) in clinical practice, and areas for consideration during future updates. Read the Mohs surgery AUC and complete a short survey about implementation. Also, review the published data used to support the Mohs surgery AUC.

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