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Physician office labs are under scrutiny

November 22, 2013

This is the fifth article in a six-part series that focuses on areas where dermatology is vulnerable, and how members can take action to preserve the ability to practice the full scope of dermatology for the benefit of patients. In this fifth installment, Jane Grant-Kels, MD, takes a hard look at the issues around physician office labs.



AMA House of Delegates


Beauty Breakthroughs




Prevention and protection: Dermatology and the AMA House of Delegates
By Seemal R. Desai, MD

Dr. Desai explains the importance of the AMA House of Delegates (HOD) and how, unfortunately, dermatology may lose a vote in the AMA HOD unless more AAD members join the AMA and designate the AAD as their specialty society by Jan. 1.


How to help position dermatology in the media
By Whitney Bowe, MD

There are many people who donít understand what dermatologists do and the value they provide. Learn more about how you can contribute to the publicís understanding of dermatology by participating in media events like Beauty Breakthroughs.


Basement membrane

Ask the Academy

Sulzberger grant funds the creation of basement membrane video lecture
By Eduardo Vidal, MD

In this article, Eduardo Vidal, MD, explains why he created a video series and lecture,Ē The Basement Membrane Zone, Making the Connection,Ē with a grant from the AADís Sulzberger Institute for Dermatologic Education. Learn more about this project and view the lecture on AAD.org.


What is the appropriate use of E/M modifiers during the same encounter as a procedure?
By Faith McNicholas

A patient presents for follow-up of a clinically premalignant lesion of the face that was previously treated with topical 5-fluorouracil with lesion persistence. A decision is made to treat the lesion with LN2. The patient also requires a refill of a topical steroid to treat lichen planus. How do you report this encounter?



Photo of the week: The AMA and the AAD




The American Medical Association (AMA) held its Interim Meeting Nov. 16-19 in National Harbor, Md. Pictured are members of the Dermatology Section Council, including Andy Lazar, MD, AAD delegate, Dermatology Section Council chair; Melissa Piliang, MD, ACMS delegate to the Specialty Services Society; Daniel Bennett, MD, SID alternate delegate; Hillary Johnson-Jahangir, MD, AAD alternate delegate; Jack Resneck, MD, AAD delegate; Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, MD, Acting Surgeon General; Chad Prather, MD, ASDSA alternate delegate; Cyndi Yag-Howard, MD, AAD delegate, Dermatology Section Council vice-chair; Jessica Krant, MD, ASDSA delegate; Marta VanBeek, MD, AAD delegate; and Adam Rubin, MD, AAD alternate delegate. Learn more about the AMA's House of Delegates here.




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