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

Top news

  1. CMS releases final 2013 physician fee schedule
  2. New resources help Academy members navigate ACOs
  3. Academy provides financial assistance to members affected by Superstorm Sandy
  4. Academy video offers patients face-washing tips for healthier-looking skin

Government, legislative, and regulatory affairs

  1. RUC survey: Call for participation
  2. View highlights from the 2012 Legislative Conference

Practice issues

  1. EHR data control: A practical primer
  2. What's the difference between major and minor procedures?
  3. Can virtual microscopy replace glass slides for dermatopathology?
  4. Dermatologists discuss the logistics of closing a practice
  5. The age of brotox: More men seeking cosmetic treatments
  6. Symbiotic collaboration: Dermatology, primary care collaboration can improve care

Meetings

  1. Registration open for 2013 Annual Meeting
  2. Submit your abstract to the Late-Breaking Research session

Academy news and member services

  1. Academy members present latest cosmetic dermatology advances to magazine editors
  2. AAD looking for a few good dermatology apps
  3. CME development grant funding available
  4. DermSEO.com not authorized to use Academy name

Top news

  1. CMS releases final 2013 physician fee schedule

The Medicare physician fee schedule for 2013, released Nov. 1 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), calls for an across-the-board 26.5 percent reduction in payment rates, based on the current sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. This cut would reduce the conversion factor — the multiplier that determines the dollar value of a given service — to $25.0008. CMS also reduced the technical component (TC) of the surgical pathology code 88305 by 52 percent, although it raised the professional component (PC) by 2 percent. Overall, pathology received a 6 percent decrease. CMS, however, accepted the majority of the American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) recommendations on almost 30 dermatology codes that were surveyed in 2012. The AADA will submit comments to CMS on this rule by the Dec. 31 deadline. The AADA is working with other medical societies to encourage Congress to act on the SGR before payment rates are reduced on Jan. 1, 2013. To provide your concerns and suggestions to the AADA about the final rule, email the AADA at govtaffairs@aad.org. Learn more about the 2013 physician fee schedule.

  1. New resources help Academy members navigate ACOs

In an effort to help members navigate implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the AADA has developed resources to guide members in planning for the effect that health system reform will have on their practices. The new Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Resource Center offers background information about ACOs, as well as many of the tools you need to make an informed decision about whether joining an ACO is right for you.

  1. Academy provides financial assistance to members affected by Superstorm Sandy

The Academy is offering financial assistance for member dermatologists and dermatology residents who sustained physical damage to their property from Superstorm Sandy. Low-interest loans are available through a special fund the Academy has established for damage that is not covered by insurance, other forms of financial assistance, or other financial resources available to the dermatologist or resident. The loans are for a maximum of $25,000 for dermatologists and $5,000 for dermatology residents. Download the application here.

  1. Academy video offers patients face-washing tips for healthier-looking skin

In recognition of National Healthy Skin Month, encourage your patients to view the Academy’s “Face washing 101” video, which shows tips for healthier-looking skin. 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 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. RUC survey: Call for participation

The AADA is strongly encouraging physicians to participate in a new survey from the AMA/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC). Physicians will be randomly selected to participate; responses to the survey will be used to determine the level of Medicare reimbursement for the destruction of pre-malignant lesions (1700X actinic keratosis [AK] codes). Survey participation is important because these data help determine the rate at which Medicare and other private payers value procedures. Check your email inbox for this survey. Learn more about how to take a RUC survey here. For more information, call Helen Olkaba at (202) 712-2612 or email holkaba@aad.org.

  1. View highlights from the 2012 Legislative Conference

    More than 100 dermatologists, practice administrators, dermatology nurses, and patient advocates representing 31 states gathered in Washington, D.C., from Sept. 9-11, 2012, for the 2012 AADA Legislative Conference to learn about health policy concerns and to lobby Congress on issues that affect the specialty. View a slideshow from the event and a recap of the featured speakers.

Practice issues

  1. EHR data control: A practical primer

    Data control and ownership are important parts of the EHR implementation process that should be addressed with an end-user license agreement (EULA). Dermatology World’s Legally Speaking column looks at the importance of negotiating favorable terms.

  2. What's the difference between major and minor procedures?

Dirk M. Elston, MD, in his most recent “Cracking the Code” column in Dermatology World, provides guidance about the difference between these procedures and clears up confusion about CMS’s policies on the topic.

  1. Can virtual microscopy replace glass slides for dermatopathology?

Dermatology World physician editor Abby S. Van Voorhees, MD, talks with Ellen Mooney, MD, and Antoinette Foote Hood, MD, about their recent Journal of Cutaneous Pathology article, “Diagnostic accuracy in virtual dermatopathology.”

  1. Dermatologists discuss the logistics of closing a practice

The decision to leave a practice comes for a variety of reasons, and isn’t always an easy one. Dermatology World explores the key steps to consider — both administrative and emotional — before ending the current phase of a career in dermatology.

  1. The age of brotox: More men seeking cosmetic treatment

Smoothing, tightening, lifting, slimming — they’re not just for women anymore. Dermatology World examines the trend of more men opting for cosmetic treatments.

  1. Symbiotic collaboration: Dermatology, primary care collaboration can improve care

Stronger networking between dermatologists and primary care providers can improve the care patients receive. Dermatology World explores how dermatologists and primary care physicians can benefit from collaborative efforts.

Meetings

  1. Registration open for 2013 Annual Meeting

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 opened 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. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

  1. Submit your abstract to the 2013 Late-Breaking Research session

The Late-Breaking Research session at the 2013 Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for presenters to give a nine-minute presentation, plus three minutes for questions. Selected abstracts will reflect the best research from clinical trials, epidemiological studies, and basic research in dermatology. A maximum of 15 abstracts can be accepted for oral presentation, with five to 10 alternates. Abstract descriptions are limited to 200 words. The session is March 2 at the 71st Annual Meeting. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 25, 2013 at 5 p.m. (CT). All abstracts must be submitted online.

Academy news and member services

  1. Academy members present latest cosmetic dermatology advances to magazine editors

    The Academy hosted Beauty Breakthroughs, an exclusive media event, in New York City on Oct. 3. Academy dermatologists provided beauty editors with the latest information and science on beauty technologies and ingredients. More than 25 beauty editors were in attendance from publications such as Vogue, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, Essence, and Ladies’ Home Journal. Speakers at the event were Whitney P. Bowe, MD, who discussed diet and acne; Valerie D. Callender, MD, who discussed cosmetic treatments in people of different skin tones; and Doris J. Day, MD, who addressed cosmetic ingredients. The event preceded the Academy’s National Healthy Skin Month in November. Members who want to educate their own communities about the importance of skin, hair, and nail health can visit the Academy’s media relations toolkit. Use the toolkit’s downloadable template materials to assist with media, community organization, and legislative outreach in recognition of National Healthy Skin Month.

  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. DermSEO.com not authorized to use Academy name

    The Academy recently learned of an email solicitation from Gunter Krebs at DermSEO in Austin, Texas, that was targeted at Academy members. The solicitation suggests that DermSEO has an Academy-supported marketing program for AAD members. The Academy has no such arrangement with DermSEO, nor is DermSEO an Academy exhibitor or authorized vendor. Please disregard this email solicitation. If you have further concerns about this or other companies’ unauthorized use of the Academy name, email Cyndi Del Boccio at cdelboccio@aad.org.

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