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

Top news

  1. AADA supports legislation to improve EHR implementation
  2. Elaine Weiss, JD, selected as Academy executive director and CEO

Government, legislative, and regulatory affairs

  1. Report PQRS measures for 2012 by Jan. 31, 2013, to earn bonus

Practice issues

  1. Using destruction codes appropriately
  2. What treatments improve outcomes for port wine stains
  3. Tablets vs. laptops vs. desktops
  4. Two for one: MOC acquiring a second role
  5. Straws, sticks, or bricks: Choosing the best practice structure
  6. The cosmetic conversation: How to educate patients on available treatments

Meetings

  1. AAD president calls on colleagues to join Miami madness in March

Academy news and member services

  1. Elect to ‘go green’ in the 2013 AAD election
  2. Academy video shows skin care tips for eczema
  3. Olympic skier joins Academy’s SPOT Skin Cancer® campaign
  4. Grant available to attend International Investigative Dermatology meeting
  5. International volunteer and humanitarian project grants available
  6. Shade Structure Program applications due Feb. 1


Top news

  1. AADA supports legislation to improve EHR implementation

In partnership with the National Coalition of Healthcare Providers (NCHP), the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) has signed on to a letter supporting HR 6598 — the Electronic Health Records Improvement Act. Introduced by Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), this bill aims to amend several requirements and penalties implemented under the HITECH Act of 2009, making it easier for eligible professionals to adopt electronic health records (EHR) to improve patient care.

Most notably, HR 6598 calls for the streamlining of program requirements so as to avoid unintended provider penalties. Additionally, the bill proposes the creation of a hardship exemption for small practices and providers in or near retirement and establishes an appeals process before penalties are applied.

Under the eligible HITECH Act of 2009, health professionals are offered financial incentives for demonstrating “meaningful use” of EHR. Incentives are offered until 2015, after which penalties will be levied for failing to adhere to the program’s requirements.

Although it is unlikely that the bill will move forward this year, it is expected that similar legislation will be reintroduced in the 113th Congress. Learn more about adopting an EHR system in the AADA HIT-kit resource.

  1. Elaine Weiss, JD, selected as Academy executive director and CEO

After an extensive nationwide search, the American Academy of Dermatology has named Elaine Weiss, JD, as executive director and CEO, effective Feb. 7, 2013. Read the news release for more information.

Government, legislative, and regulatory affairs

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  1. Report PQRS measures for 2012 by Jan. 31, 2013, to earn bonus

Dermatologists who report 2012 quality measures to Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) by Jan. 31, 2013, will make themselves eligible for a bonus payment of 0.5 percent of their total Medicare Part B allowed charges. Reporting the measures that are most applicable to dermatologists must be completed through an electronic registry. Members who have already purchased the CMS-qualified AAD registry may log in and input their information here.




Practice issues

  1. Using destruction codes appropriately

    In this month’s Dermatology World Cracking the Code, Dirk M. Elston, MD, discusses the appropriate use of destruction codes.

  2. What treatments improve outcomes for port wine stains?

Dermatology World Physician Editor Abby S. Van Voorhees, MD, discusses a recent Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology article, “An overview of clinical and experimental treatment modalities for port wine stains,” with author Jennifer K. Chen, MD.

  1. Tablets vs. laptops vs. desktops

The adoption of EHR systems in dermatology practices is driving serious thought about what hardware to purchase. In this month’s Technically Speaking column in Dermatology World, Gilly Munavalli, MD, MHS, explores the pros and cons of the various options.

  1. Two for one: MOC acquiring a second role

Ten years after the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) began discussing the notion of ongoing physician competency, a handful of state boards have started conducting pilot projects to determine how best to implement Maintenance of Licensure (MOL). This month’s Dermatology World explores the implications of MOL and its relationship to Maintenance of Certification.

  1. Straws, sticks, or bricks: Choosing the best practice structure

Choosing the right management and legal structure for one’s practice can create the foundation for efficiency and success. Dermatology World takes a look at how to make the right choice depending on location and circumstances.

  1. The cosmetic conversation: How to educate patients on available treatments

A good way to start growing your cosmetic practice is to have the “cosmetic conversation” with patients, but understanding how to do it, when, and with whom are key. Learn more about the best ways to broach this topic from experienced dermatologists in this month’s Dermatology World.

Meetings

  1. AAD president calls on colleagues to join Miami madness in March

Academy President Daniel Siegel, MD, shares his enthusiasm for the city playing host to the 2013 Annual Meeting in his latest YouTube videos, "March Miami Madness," and the outtake reel, "Miami Beach Mashup." Early registration for the meeting is open for all categories until 12 p.m. (CT), Jan. 30, 2013. After this date you can register online until Feb. 20, 2013, at 12 p.m. (CT) but must pay late fees. On-site registration opens Feb. 28, 2013, at 12 p.m. (ET).

Academy news and member services

  1. Elect to ‘go green’ in the 2013 AAD election

    The 2013 AAD election is right around the corner and AAD members are encouraged to go green this election season by opting out of receiving a printed ballot packet by mail and committing to vote online instead. Members can quickly and easily opt out of the paper ballot on the Academy website by Feb. 1, 2013 and commit to voting online. Voting in the 2013 AAD election opens on March 2, 2013.

  1. Academy video shows skin care tips for eczema

    Encourage parents of your eczema patients to properly care for their child’s skin by directing them to the Academy’s “Eczema: Tips to help your child feel better” 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 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.

  1. Olympic skier joins Academy’s SPOT Skin Cancer® campaign

    Encourage your patients to protect their skin from the sun this winter by sharing the Academy’s video featuring Olympic skier Julia Mancuso, granddaughter of AAD member Denny Tuffanelli, MD. As a SPOTlighter with the Academy’s SPOT Skin Cancer® initiative, Julia is helping get the word out about skin cancer. Please share this video via Facebook and Twitter and embed it into your practice website. If you have questions, call the Academy’s Communications Department at (847) 330-0230 or email mediarelations@aad.org.

  1. Grant available to attend International Investigative Dermatology meeting

    Grants are available for U.S. and Canadian residents, fellows, and junior faculty to attend the 2013 International Investigative Dermatology meeting, May 8 – 11, 2013, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Learn more on the Society for Investigative Dermatology website and apply by Jan. 3, 2013.

  1. International volunteer and humanitarian project grants available

    Skin Care for Developing Countries grants are available to provide funding for international volunteer and humanitarian projects. 2013 grants are due Jan. 31, 2013. Find information and an application in the awards, grants, and scholarships section of AAD.org.

  1. Shade Structure Program applications due Feb. 1

    Applications for grants of up to $8,000 are available to public schools and non-profit organizations to fund installation of permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools, or recreation spaces. All applications, which are due Feb. 1, must be sponsored by an Academy member dermatologist. Information on the program and how to become a sponsor is available in the volunteer and mentor opportunities section of the Academy’s website.

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