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Dermatology care team is at the heart of practice efficiency

December 20, 2013

In the coming year, there will be a lot more people who have insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). David Pariser, MD, takes a look at the dermatology care team and how it can help improve practice efficiency.



New position statement


Clinical guidelines




Academy issues position statement on superficial radiation therapy and electronic surface brachytherapy
By Marta Van Beek, MD, MPH

Dr. Van Beek reviews the Academy’s new position statement, which addresses coding and reimbursement concerns, regulatory issues, and long-term efficacy of superficial radiation therapy (SRT) and electronic surface brachytherapy (eBx).


New guidelines address atopic dermatitis diagnosis, assessment
By Steven Feldman, MD, PhD

The first of four sections of the new atopic dermatitis (AD) guideline was published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD), and Dr. Feldman reviews its key recommendations for diagnostic criteria, the use of biomarkers, disease and outcomes scales in the clinical setting, and awareness of common clinical associations that affect patients with AD.


Hidradenitis suppurativa

Ask the Academy

How dermatologists can help lessen the burden of hidradenitis suppurativa
By Paul G. Hazen, MD

Dr. Hazen emphasizes that dermatologists can do much to help patients deal with the emotional and physical toll of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), including raising awareness in colleagues from other specialties who may encounter this disease.


What resources can help me educate my patients about rare skin cancers?

The Academy offers new patient education information in Dermatology A to Z about three rare skin cancers: Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP), Merkel cell carcinoma, and sebaceous carcinoma.



Infographic of the week: The cost of skin cancer




The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the annual cost of skin cancer treatment in the United States is $5.3 billion. The American Academy of Dermatology is committed to leading the charge to reduce mortality from and the incidence of skin cancer in the next 10 to 30 years through the SPOT Skin Cancer™ initiative, which aims to educate the public about skin cancer and motivate individuals to make positive behavior changes to prevent and detect skin cancer.




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