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

Top news

  1. AADA commends California on landmark indoor tanning law
  2. For your patients: Accessing health care without insurance
  3. Dermatologists lobby Congress on key issues at 2011 Legislative Conference

Government, legislative and regulatory affairs

  1. MedPAC drafts recommendations to replace sustainable growth rate
  2. Quality reporting forges ahead

Practice issues

  1. On the level: What is the correct level of employee access for EHRs, networks and social media?
  2. Crossing borders: Teledermatology extends treatment to the underserved
  3. Coding for biopsy vs. shave vs. destruction vs. excision
  4. Can multiple biopsies improve diagnosis of mycosis fungoides?
  5. Providers must use new Medicare enrollment forms by Nov. 1
  6. CMS announces new exemptions for electronic prescribing incentive program

Meetings

  1. Registration for Annual Meeting 2012 opens Nov. 16-30
  2. Register online for the Derm Exam Prep Course

Academy news and member services

  1. AADA election 2012: Are you ready to lead?
  2. Academy seeks statements on proposed bylaws amendment
  3. Apply by Dec. 9 for the Humanism in Medicine award
  4. Beauty Breakthroughs: AAD members educate the media at October event
  5. Volunteer during the 70th Annual Meeting in sunny San Diego
  6. AADA seeks assistant secretary-treasurer nominees

Top news

  1. AADA commends California for passing landmark indoor tanning law

On Oct. 9 California enacted the nation’s most restrictive indoor tanning law, banning the use of indoor tanning devices for those younger than age 18. Learn more about this historic bill signing and how the law will help children and teens decrease their future risk of skin cancer.

  1. For your patients: Accessing health care without insurance

Most dermatologists treat patients who lack insurance or have insurance that offers limited coverage. The Academy has compiled resources for patients who face financial difficulty or who don’t have health insurance. Use these tips to provide guidance to your patients.

  1. Dermatologists lobby Congress on key issues at 2011 Legislative Conference

Dermatologists and patient advocates from across the United States gathered in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 2-4 to educate and inform elected officials about the need to permanently fix the Medicare physician payment program, preserve the indoor tanning tax, urge the FDA to reclassify indoor tanning beds and increase medical research funding. Learn more and see photos from the event here.

Government, legislative and regulatory affairs

  1. MedPAC drafts recommendations to replace sustainable growth rate

    The Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC), an independent Congressional agency, on Oct. 6 voted to finalize draft recommendations to replace the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. The recommendations call for a freeze in payment rates for primary care services and cut payment rates for specialists nearly 18 percent during the next three years, followed by a seven-year payment freeze. Read more about the recommendations here.

  2. Quality reporting forges ahead
  3. Dermatologists are grappling with how the government’s incentive program for participation in quality reporting fits with other initiatives, such as electronic health record (EHR) and e-prescribing incentives. Learn how all the pieces fit together in this recent Dermatology World article.

Practice issues

 

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  1. On the level: What is the correct level of employee access for EHRs, networks and social media?

    Technology can ensure that your office is run at peak efficiency. It also can help you market your practice and educate your patients. However, not every employee needs full access to your practice’s technology. Following some common-sense rules and ensuring that each employee’s level of access matches his or her job function can help achieve efficiency and security.
     

  2. Crossing borders: Teledermatology extends treatment to the underserved

This Dermatology World feature explores the benefits of teledermatology and how it helps extend treatment to vulnerable populations in the United States and abroad. Also included is bonus video content.

  1. Coding for biopsy vs. shave vs. destruction vs. excision

In the latest “Cracking the Code,” Dirk Elston, MD, explains how to properly code for these commonly performed procedures.

  1. Can multiple biopsies improve diagnosis of mycosis fungoides?

Dermatology World Physician Editor Abby S. Van Voorhees, MD, interviews Jinah Kim, MD, PhD, about her Journal of Cutaneous Pathology article, “The frequency of dual TCR-PCR clonality in granulomatous disorders,” to find the answer to this question.

  1. Providers must use new Medicare enrollment forms by Nov. 1

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is requiring providers to use new Medicare enrollment forms, such as the 855I for individual practitioners and the 855B for group practices. The enrollment forms were updated in July and practices must use the new forms beginning Nov. 1. CMS details enrollment changes in a separate summary document. Learn more here.

  1. CMS announces new exemptions for electronic prescribing incentive program

Providers must report exemptions by Nov. 1. Learn the details of the program here.

Meetings

  1. Registration for Annual Meeting 2012 opens Nov. 16-30

Get ready to register for the American Academy of Dermatology's 70th Annual Meeting, March 16-20, 2012. Learn more about online registration and housing here.

  1. Register online for the Derm Exam Prep Course

The Derm Exam Prep Course is being held Nov. 18-20 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate in Orlando, Fla. Early registration is available for members at a rate of $750 until Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. (CT). After this date and time, on-site registration is required at a member rate of $850. Learn more about the course here.

Academy news and member services

  1. AAD election 2012: Are you ready to lead?

    The Academy’s Nominating Committee is seeking nominees for AAD president, vice president and representatives for the Nominating Committee by Nov. 1. Learn more about the requirements and submit your nominations online.

  1. Academy seeks statements on proposed bylaws amendment

The proposed adjunct membership amendment will be presented to the membership for a vote on the spring 2012 election ballot. The ballot will be accompanied by statements from members who express support for or opposition to the proposed amendment. Learn more here.

  1. Apply by Dec. 9 for the Humanism in Medicine award

This award is given to a practicing dermatologist who exemplifies compassionate, patient-centered care. Find out if you meet the criteria for this distinguished award and apply online.

  1. Beauty Breakthroughs: AAD members educate the media at October event

Academy members provided beauty editors with the latest information and science behind new skin technologies at Beauty Breakthroughs, an exclusive media event held in New York City on Oct. 4. Learn more about the event here.

  1. Volunteer during the 70th Annual Meeting in sunny San Diego

Get ready to give back to the city of San Diego by volunteering for the Academy’s Dermatology in Action project on March 15.

  1. AADA seeks assistant secretary-treasurer nominees

Applications and nominations are now being solicited; apply online.

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