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

Top news

  1. Is this the most important presidential election ever?
  2. Academy video shows patients how to do a skin self-exam

Government, legislative, and regulatory affairs

  1. AADA promotes National Healthy Skin Month
  2. 2012 presidential election countdown: Get involved

Practice issues

  1. Five-star practice, one-star reputation?
  2. When do I use the 57 modifier instead of the 25 modifier?
  3. Do TCIs cause lentigines with prolonged use?
  4. Dermatologists have options for storing and accessing photos in their records
  5. Considerations when adding a physician extender
  6. Military dermatologists treat troops, provide humanitarian missions abroad

Meetings

  1. Get ready for Annual Meeting 2013

Academy news and member services

  1. Academy seeks nominations for 2013 AAD election
  2. AAD looking for a few good dermatology apps
  3. CME grant funding available
  4. Academy seeks nominations for Named Lectureships, prestigious awards





Top news

  1. Is this the most important presidential election ever?

Dermatology World examines the political parties’ promises about health care’s future and reports on how some changes have bipartisan backing. Find out what’s at stake for dermatology in the 2012 presidential election.

  1. Academy video shows patients how to do a skin self-exam

Encourage patients to view the Academy’s “Skin Self-Exam: How to Do” video, which demonstrates how to examine the skin for signs of skin cancer. 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. AADA promotes National Healthy Skin Month

The AADA is assisting members and state dermatological societies in promoting November as National Healthy Skin Month as a way to establish or enhance relationships with policymakers. State societies and members are encouraged to contact their governors and mayors to seek a proclamation to raise awareness about skin disease. Resources for members to discuss National Healthy Skin Month are available online in the Academy’s Media Relations Toolkit. Those who are interested in pursuing a mayoral or gubernatorial proclamation can email Victoria Houghton, manager, advocacy communications, at vhoughton@aad.org.

  1. 2012 presidential election countdown: Get involved

    The historic 2012 elections are fast approaching, but there is still time to advocate on behalf of dermatology's most pressing issues. Events such as town hall meetings, rallies, and get-out-the-vote drives are excellent opportunities to ask the candidates how they intend to support the specialty of dermatology, and its patients. The AADA offers an online resource to assist members who are interested in engaging with their elected officials and candidates for public office. Included are sample dermatology-related questions to ask during campaign events, resources about elections in your area, and information about how the AADA can help you set up meetings with your members of Congress at their local offices. Learn more about how the AADA can help you get involved.

Practice issues

  1. Five-star practice, one-star reputation?

    Fair or not, online reviews may be the first thing a potential patient sees about a dermatologist. Dermatology World takes a deeper look at the implications of online reviews and what steps you can take to safeguard your reputation.

  2. When do I use the 57 modifier instead of the 25 modifier?

Dirk M. Elston, MD, in his most recent “Cracking the Code” column, demonstrates how modifier 57 indicates a separately identifiable evaluation and management (E/M) service related to the decision to perform surgery, whereas modifier 25 indicates that on the day of a minor procedure, the patient’s condition required a significant, separately identifiable E/M service.

  1. Do TCIs cause lentigines with prolonged use?

Dermatology World physician editor Abby S. Van Voorhees, MD, talks with Leslie Castelo-Soccio, MD, PhD, about her recent Archives of Dermatology article, “Induced Lentiginosis with Use of Topical Calcineurin Inhibitors.”

  1. Dermatologists have options for storing and accessing photos in their records

Dermatologists have the unique requirement to capture and store standard photographic pictures of their patients. In this month’s “Technically Speaking” column, Dermatology World demonstrates that expensive equipment isn’t always necessary to accomplish this task.

  1. Considerations when adding a physician extender

Dermatology practices need to be aware of all the rules and regulations governing the use of physician extenders. AAD Practice Management Manager Rachna Chaudhari answers common member questions about this process in Dermatology World.

  1. Military dermatologists treat troops, provide humanitarian missions abroad

Dermatology World explores how dermatologists in the military continue to treat active-duty personnel stationed in the United States and abroad, as well as treat people in medically underserved countries as part of the military’s humanitarian missions around the world.

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 on Nov. 14 for physicians, life members, honorary members, and applicants for membership. Registration will open for all others according to the schedule published online and in the Advance Program Book, which recently mailed. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

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. CME development grant funding available

    See if your program qualifies for the Program for Innovative Continuing Medical Education in Dermatology (PICMED) grant. The grant program was established to facilitate dermatologists’ continuing education through support and development of innovative continuing medical education programs. Learn more and apply by Nov. 19.

  1. Academy seeks nominations for Named Lectureships, prestigious awards

    The following awards are now seeking nominations: Lila and Murray Gruber Memorial Cancer Research Award and Lectureship; Eugene J. Van Scott Award for Innovative Therapy of the Skin and Phillip Frost Leadership Lecture; Clarence S. Livingood, MD, Award and Lectureship; Marion B. Sulzberger, MD, Memorial Award and Lectureship; Master Dermatologist Award; and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine award. Review the nomination requirements for the awards and make your submissions by Nov. 2.

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