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

Top news

  1. CMS delays 5010 enforcement
  2. AMA votes to oppose ICD-10 deadline

Government, legislative and regulatory affairs

  1. Medicare quality measure reporting deadlines approach
  2. AADA offers public comment on iPLEDGE to FDA committees
  3. Caps top state medical liability reforms

Practice issues

  1. Building green: Eco-friendly construction and renovation practices realize cost savings, appeal to patients
  2. Can modifier 25 be used for a second visit on the same day?
  3. New evidence links metabolic syndrome to psoriasis, androgenetic alopecia
  4. What are the roles of UVA1, UVA2, and UVB in different forms of skin cancer?
  5. EHR meaningful use deadlines approach

Meetings

  1. Register for 2012 Annual Meeting
  2. Volunteer during the Annual Meeting in San Diego

Academy news and member services

  1. Academy updates position statement on paraffin sections with Mohs
  2. AADA seeks assistant secretary-treasurer nominees
  3. Members Making a Difference nominees sought


Top news

  1. CMS delays 5010 enforcement

Based on industry feedback suggesting more time was needed, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced in November that enforcement of compliance with Version 5010 of the HIPAA transaction code set will be delayed from Jan. 1 to March 31, 2012. The delay in enforcement will give practices more time to contact software vendors about their update plans and conduct readiness testing. Conversion to 5010 is necessary in order to meet the requirement to switch to ICD-10 diagnosis codes by Oct. 1, 2013. Learn more about Academy practice management staff’s recommendations for 5010 readiness.

  1. AMA votes to oppose ICD-10 deadline

The AMA House of Delegates voted during its interim meeting, held Nov. 12-15, to officially oppose the Oct. 1, 2013 deadline for use of the updated ICD-10 code set. The quintupling of diagnosis codes, delegates said, would place a significant burden on physicians and their practices. The Academy is helping members prepare for the coming change with an online resource center. Learn more about the AMA’s most recent meeting in the January issue of Dermatology World.

Government, legislative and regulatory affairs

  1. Medicare quality measure reporting deadlines approach

    Dermatologists who report quality measures to Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting System (formerly PQRI) will be eligible for a bonus payment up to 1 percent if they report 2011 quality measures through the AAD registry. Dermatologists have until Dec. 16 to purchase the registry and until Jan. 31, 2012 to submit the information. More information is available on the Academy’s website.

  2. AADA offers public comment on iPLEDGE to FDA committees
  3. During a joint meeting of the FDA’s Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee and the Dermatology and Ophthalmic Advisory Committee on Dec. 1, dermatologist Andrea Zaenglein, MD, offered the AADA’s perspective on the iPLEDGE program, detailing the burden on providers and need to streamline the process. The panels agreed that the overall program is effective and necessary, but acknowledged the need to streamline the process to ensure patient access and minimize provider burden while assuring safe use. The panels also discussed refocusing the program on a 28-day schedule rather than the current 30-day schedule to better meet the needs of patients and providers.

  4. Caps top state medical liability reforms
  5. The benefits of liability reform have an increasing number of states considering the issue. A recent Dermatology World article explored current activity across the U.S. and its effect on liability premiums and access to care.

Practice issues

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  1. Building green: Eco-friendly construction and renovation practices realize cost savings, appeal to patients

    Practice owners and green building experts discuss the varying options for and benefits of integrating environmentally conscious materials and processes into medical practices.
     

  2. Can modifier 25 be used for a second visit on the same day?

In December’s edition of Dermatology World’sCracking the Code,” columnist Dirk Elston, MD, discussed the proper use of modifier 25.

  1. New evidence links metabolic syndrome to psoriasis, androgenetic alopecia

Researchers have discovered links between the metabolic syndrome and both psoriasis and androgenetic alopecia. Dermatology World explores the most recent findings.

  1. What are the roles of UVA1, UVA2, and UVB in different forms of skin cancer?

Dermatology World’s December “Acta Eruditorum” features a conversation between physician editor Abby Van Voorhees, MD, and Angela Tewari, MBBS, about her recent Journal of Investigative Dermatology article.

  1. EHR meaningful use deadlines approach

Learn about finding and implementing an EHR system in a special supplement to Dermatology World.

Meetings

  1. Register for 2012 Annual Meeting

Registration for the Academy’s 70th Annual Meeting, being held March 16-20, 2012, in San Diego, is open. Review the scientific program and learn more about online registration and housing.

  1. Volunteer during the Annual Meeting in 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, 2012.

Academy news and member services

  1. Academy updates position statement on paraffin sections with Mohs

    The Academy’s Board of Directors updated the organization’s position statement on the uses of paraffin sections in association with Mohs micrographic surgery at its most recent meeting. The updates, which addressed circumstances in which the physician performing the surgery may need to obtain a pathologic consultation on paraffin sections, are included in the current version of the statement.

  1. AADA seeks assistant secretary-treasurer nominees

    Applications and nominations are now being solicited; apply online before the Jan. 9, 2012 deadline.

  1. Members Making a Difference nominees sought

Give Academy members the opportunity to be inspired by compassionate volunteer work being done by dermatologists by nominating yourself or a colleague for the Members Making a Difference Award. This special award honors members of the Academy for their volunteer work; winners have their volunteer work profiled in Dermatology World. Visit www.aad.org/membersmakingadifference to learn more or complete the online nomination form.

Looking for volunteer opportunities? The Academy offers many ways for members to get involved.

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