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2021 E/M Coding Changes: What You Need to Know

2021 E/M Coding Changes: What You Need to Know ...

Tax reform: What you need to know

Money Matters ... Jason P. Wainscott, JD, is an attorney, author, and general manager of the financial planning firm OJM Group. ... By Jason P. Wainscott, JD, March 1, 2018 Every dermatologist needs to know 2017 saw widespread changes to the federal tax code. There are many cuts and additional

ICD-10-CM: What you Need to Know - Bundle

ICD-10-CM: What you Need to Know - Bundle Prepare for the transition and implementation of ICD-10-CM

April 8, 2020

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... IN THIS ISSUE / April 8, 2020 ... Employers’ legal responsibilities during COVID-19: What you need to know. DW Insights and Inquiries: The profound dermatologic manifestations of COVID-19: Part III ABD relaxes 2020 MOC requirements

Cyber hacking in health care

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... What do you need to know to keep your practice safe? ... What do you need to know to keep your practice safe? ... By Emily Margosian, content specialist Target, Anthem, Equifax, and...your practice? As headlines continue to

Codes with no mystery

It’s no secret. We know you need frequently updated information to address your questions about coding. We’ve been adding to our library of coding resources in 2023 and offered these new coding topics to our ever-expanding DermWorld Coding Consult library: ... ICD-10-CM diagnosis coding updates for 2024 Multiple surgery reduction

How a cash-only practice can survive and thrive

It’s a small but growing trend in many fields of medicine, and it certainly hasn’t missed dermatology: The ... cash-only practice . ... Whether it’s because of frustration with the current health care landscape, the challenges of contracting with third-party payers, or the desire to provide a certain market with

Social media FAQs

Social media has become a popular method of communication for professionals in virtually every industry. But how do you know what level of engagement is appropriate for you as a physician? The following FAQs provide guidance on this issue.  ... Q: Can I control who views my social media information

March

Issue ... March January February March April May June July August September October November December View digital flipbook In this issue ... From the Editor ... From the editor What's hot ... What's hot? Cracking the Code ... Modifier 25, revisited Acta Eruditorum ... What role can dermatologists play in

Classifieds

The Academy offers a number of recruitment opportunities that allow you to reach the prospects you need in a timely and results-oriented fashion. Learn more about what the AAD offers so you can get the most out of our classified advertising and career opportunities. ... Explore classifieds and direct mail

Streamlining the claim denial process in your practice

Claim denials are a reality for every dermatology practice. It is wise to be proactive and understand what you need to do when you receive a claim denial. Streamlining your claim denial process requires understanding the meaning behind each denial on the explanation of benefits (EOB) and the appropriate action

Advisory Board Call for Nominations: Someone you know

At the close of the 2024 annual meeting, there will be three seats open on the Advisory Board Executive Committee (ABEC). This is a great opportunity to become more involved in your Advisory Board! ... The in-person election will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. PT,

This month’s news from across the specialty

What’s hot ... October 1, 2022 In this monthly column, members of the  ... DermWorld Editorial Advisory Workgroup identify exciting news from across the specialty.   ... Mallory Abate, MD, FAAD With growing media hype, "rule-out monkeypox" consults with dermatologists are increasing. So, as a dermatologist, what do you need

Incysting on understanding pilar cysts

By Warren R. Heymann, MD July 15, 2020 Vol. 2, No. 28 Chances are you will see patients with at least one pilar cyst today. You will reassure them of their benignity, stating that the risk of their becoming cancerous is infinitesimal, and perhaps you will excise some lesions. Inquisitive

When we say we are listening, we mean it

"Member-centric" means that you are the center of AAD’s attention. By listening to your needs, we can provide educational materials on the topics that you’ve told us you need to improve the care you are giving your patients. The AAD Education team asked you which topics you need to improve

December

Issue ... December January February March April May June July August September October November December View digital flipbook In this issue ... From the Editor ... From the editor Asked and Answered ... How can I use DataDerm to report for MIPS? What's hot ... What's hot? Cracking the Code

May

Issue ... May January February March April May June July August September October November December View digital flipbook In this issue ... From the Editor ... From the editor What's hot ... What's hot? Cracking the Code ... Components of evaluation and management Acta Eruditorum ... A new understanding of

Stepping up to set up the private doctor’s office

Running a busy dermatology practice is hard work, and it requires a lot of thoughtful decision-making. It can be hard to do that with the background noise of phones ringing, colorful nurse call lights going off, and what can seem like constant clinical demands. You need a space where you

These codes are no secret

Coding may be challenging; it’s no secret. Members have always needed assistance with the ever-changing landscape of coding and modifiers, but we have what you need. ... Within our Coding Resource Center pages, there is a trove of relevant information that we continually update for you, including an ... introductory

Advanced beneficiary notice

You removed a benign mole because the patient complained that it was ugly. You bill for the services, but Medicare doesn’t pay for the mole removal. Now you’re stumped and left holding the bill.  ... Is it covered? ... To avoid reimbursement denials, you need to know which services are

In the know

CMS to Begin Using MFA Process for Online Provider Enrollment System Applications ... Did you know that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that it will initiate the use of a multi-factor authentication (MFA) process for users of their Provider Enrollment Systems? ... What is an

Selling your practice: Five points you need in your contract

The time has come: You’re finally selling your practice. You’ve found the perfect buyer, and a financial adviser has helped you secure the price you want. Everything is in place — or so it seems. There is much more to a contract than the price and payment. Disregarding the less

Recognize your mentor

Make a donation in honor of your mentor and let them know what they mean to you. It’s a great way to show you are thankful or to stay in touch.It’s easy to give. Simply make your gift online and send a personalized ecard to your mentor. Your gift supports

May 13, 2020

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... IN THIS ISSUE / May 13, 2020 ... Caring for older patients during COVID-19? What you need to know. DW Insights and Inquiries: The profound dermatological manifestations of COVID-19: Part V – Pediatric multisystem inflammatory

Impact Report — Spring 2022

At the Academy, our number one priority is to support you, our members. We know that your practices are always evolving, and that the health care landscape is consistently changing. We are here for you to help weather those changes. ... In this edition of the ... Impact Report ,

January 29, 2020

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... IN THIS ISSUE / January 29, 2020 ... Patients are using YouTube to get information on isotretinoin. Here’s what you need to know. DW Insights and Inquiries: Getting steamed over vaping Derm Coding Consult: A

December 11, 2019

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... IN THIS ISSUE / December 11, 2019 ... Physician depression increases medical errors…increasing depression DW Insights and Inquiries: Topical retinoid therapy for acanthosis nigricans — in the thick of it MIPS: What you need to

April 15, 2020

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... IN THIS ISSUE / April 15, 2020 ... Telehealth coding, documentation, and reimbursement during COVID-19: What you need to know. DW Insights and Inquiries : The H syndrome – Understanding Y Academy encourages participation in

Who do you turn to?

From the President ... Dr. Cronin served as Academy president from March 2023 to March 2024. ... By Terrence A. Cronin Jr., MD, FAAD, June 1, 2023 Dr. Cronin speaking at the Plenary at the 2023 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. ... When you need financial advice where do you

May

Issue ... May January February March April May June July August September October November December View digital flipbook In this issue ... From the Editor ... More on a theme What’s hot ... This month’s news from across the specialty Clinical Applications ... A health equity framework for melanoma diagnosis

Starting a solo practice: First things first

Starting a solo practice can be overwhelming, even just to open your doors. One of the first choices you will need to make is to determine the location of your practice. ... Finding a space  ... Whether you are planning to practice in an urban or rural environment, you should

September

Issue ... September January February March April May June July August September October November December View digital flipbook In this issue ... From the Editor ... Haven’t we all felt it? What’s hot ... This month’s news from across the specialty Clinical Applications ... What do you need to know

Telemedicine: Reimbursement liability patient consent and HIPAA

Legally Speaking ... Robert M. Portman, JD, MPP, is a health care attorney with Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, in Washington, DC, and serves as legal counsel for the AAD and AADA. ... By Robert M. Portman, JD, MPP, Rebecca Burke, JD, and Christina L. Krysinski, JD, September 3, 2018

December 2, 2020

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... IN THIS ISSUE / Dec. 2, 2020 ... Surgical vs non-surgical interventions for basal cell carcinoma DermWorld Insights and Inquiries : Pigmented onychomatricoma — Avoid getting nailed by misdiagnosis Derm Coding Consult : Coding for

Digital media kit: Print advertising

DermWorld and ... JAAD - A winning combination ... AAD print member publications, ... DermWorld and ... JAAD , give you all the exposure you need to maximize your brand. Our members refer to ... JAAD for clinical content and rely on ... DermWorld content for information they need daily.

Educating our public — skin healthy: educating your patients in waiting rooms and on the go

The AAD’s ... skin healthy, a print and digital magazine featuring your expert insight, made its debut in 2020. Last year, the Academy disseminated over 950,000 issues to dermatology offices across the country, which helped educate patients about common skin conditions that dermatologists treat and offered your recommendations for protecting

2024 MIPS update

What dermatologists need to know about this year’s MIPS reporting. ... Feature ... By Allison Evans, Assistant Managing Editor, May 1, 2024 "If you provide Medicare services, MIPS is a must when it comes to your reimbursement," said Florida dermatologist Shawna Flanagan, MD, FAAD, member of the Academy’s Practice Management

“Incident to”: What you need to know

Derm Coding Consult ... By Faith C. M. McNicholas, RHIT, CPC, CPCD, PCS, CDC, Manager, Lead Coding and Reimbursement Strategist, May 1, 2023 Academy coding staff address important coding topics each month in DermWorld ... Coding Consult. Read more Derm Coding Consult articles . What is "incident to"? ... "Incident

Fighting fungi

With increasing resistance to antifungal therapies, here’s what dermatologists need to know about managing dermatophytosis. ... Feature ... By Allison Evans, Assistant Managing Editor, June 1, 2024 A patient presents with widespread, pruritic, scaly, and erythematous plaques of what appears to be tinea corporis. It may be routine to prescribe

February

Issue ... February January February March April May June July August September October November December View digital flipbook In this issue ... From the Editor ... Two long years What's hot ... This month's news from across the specialty Clinical Applications ... What should dermatologists tell their patients about pesticide

I’m not sure how to correctly code with the new 2021 E/M coding guidelines. What resources does the Academy offer?

Asked and Answered ... March 1, 2021 Members can find a high-level summary on what dermatologists need to know about the ... restructured E/M codes in the AAD’s Coding Resource Center. ... The AAD also offers an updated ... E/M coding tool , designed to reflect the revised tenets of

Caring for older patients during COVID-19? What you need to know.

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... DW Weekly talks to Daniel Butler, MD, co-founder and co-chair of the Academy’s Geriatric Dermatology Expert Resource Group about caring for older patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. DW Weekly : Can you provide a little

Employment contracts

Key details you should know before you sign an employment contract  ... The days of handshake agreements are long past. When you receive your first post-residency  job offer, you’ll almost certainly be presented with a contract. Before you sign, it’s critical to know some key components that will affect your compensation,

February

Issue ... February January February March April May June July August September October November December View digital flipbook In this issue ... From the Editor ... Children are not just little adults What’s hot ... This month’s news from across the specialty Clinical Applications ... Is low-dose methotrexate associated with

Medicare Cuts: What the AAD Wants You to Know and How YOU Can Help

Missed the latest Medicare Cuts Advocacy webinar? Check out the recording below. ... Webinar description ... AADA leadership will update members on: ... Current Medicare payment cut advocacy. ... The current state of play with the impending Congressional government funding deadline in March, and what it means for Medicare payment

January

Issue ... January January February March April May June July August September October November December View digital flipbook In this issue ... From the Editor ... 2021 is finally here What's hot ... This month's news from across the specialty Clinical Applications ... Can computer algorithms improve dermatologists’ accuracy when

Preventing suicide

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 800,000 people die by suicide every year, making it one of the leading causes of death worldwide. However, for each suicide, there are many more individuals who contemplate it or make unsuccessful attempts. ... If you or someone you know is experiencing

Mentor guidelines

Download this document of key questions  (PDF download) to discuss with your mentee, and review or download the infographic below for a snapshot of how to conduct a meeting ... Be sure that you know how to contact each other (via email, telephone, fax, etc.). ... Introduce yourself in person

What you need to know about managing, motivating, and retaining your staff

When we think of human resources (HR), we tend to think about employment laws, insurance benefits, and hiring and firing. But so much of HR is staff management and if successful, staff engagement and retention. One might argue this is the most difficult part of HR. Here are five guiding

It is finally a beautiful day!

From the Editor ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld. By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, May 1, 2021 I don’t know about you, but I feel like we are nearing the end of an 18-month winter…I guess spring is good for that, and this May, in particular, offers

Primary key messages

Whether it’s rashes, wrinkles, psoriasis, or melanoma, skin issues can have a serious impact on your health and well-being. ... What you see happening with your skin can be a helpful indicator of what’s happening inside your body. ... In some cases, skin conditions may be a sign of a

In the Know

The AMA and UHC Collaborate to Develop Social Determinant Diagnosis Codes ... Did you know that United Healthcare (UHC) and the American Medical Association (AMA) are proposing to develop 23 new ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes that address social barriers to care? ... Developed by UHC and endorsed by the AMA, they

Our clinical education benefits continue to grow

We offer you the updated resources you need to stay current on clinical and quality advances that optimize patient care. ... AAD Clinical Community ... Last year, we launched the AAD Clinical Community — a free, secure forum by dermatologists for dermatologists to discuss clinical issues and more. The forum

What is the impact of shaving waivers on promotions for Black/African American U.S. airmen?

Clinical Applications ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld . She interviews the author of a recent study each month. ... By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, October 1, 2022 In this month’s Clinical Applications column, Physician Editor Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, talks with Lt. Col. Simon Ritchie,

Monthly Archives

Issue ... June January February March April May June View digital flipbook In this issue ... From the Editor ... Resistance is futile. What’s hot ... This month’s news from across the specialty Clinical Applications ... How should dermatologists manage contact allergies to botanicals? Feature ... Fighting fungi With increasing

June

Issue ... June January February March April May June View digital flipbook In this issue ... From the Editor ... Resistance is futile. What’s hot ... This month’s news from across the specialty Clinical Applications ... How should dermatologists manage contact allergies to botanicals? Feature ... Fighting fungi With increasing

Chipping away at patient access hurdles

From the President ... Dr. Olbricht served as Academy president from March 2018 to March 2019. ... By Suzanne Olbricht, MD, February 1, 2019 Picture this: A sick patient comes in for your help. As an experienced dermatologist, you know exactly what to do and are confident your prescribed course

DermWorld

Fighting fungi With increasing resistance to antifungal therapies, here’s what dermatologists need to know about managing dermatophytosis. ... Post-pandemic checklist The COVID public health emergency has ended. Experts discuss how dermatologists can stay compliant amid a changing policy landscape. ... Information freeway Accessibility and technology drive changes to clinical publication

You’ve been using the AAD’s Diversity Toolkit

The AAD is continuing to expand on offerings in its ... Diversity Toolkit . If you don’t know about it, you should. ... The ... Skin of Color Curriculum is a complete, definitive inpatient and outpatient curriculum for the diagnosis and effective treatment of skin of color diseases and conditions

Moving or closing practices? Here's what you need to know.

In Practice ... Faiza Wasif, MPH, is the AAD's practice management manager. Her column offers tips on an area she commonly receives questions about from members. ... By Faiza Wasif, MPH, December 3, 2018 There is a lot you must consider before you move or close your practice including the

Providing meaningful benefits — Insurance Challenges

If the check’s not in the mail, send one of these AAD letters ... A few years ago, we created a tool to help you manage prior authorizations. While it didn’t completely eliminate the frustration of dealing with these administrative hurdles, it took some of the burden off you and

Your Academy: Adapting with the times

From the President ... Dr. Thiers served as Academy president from March 2020 to March 2021. ... By Bruce Thiers, MD, August 1, 2020 I know what you’re thinking: "But, Bruce, didn’t you write about the Academy’s ability to be nimble in your last column?" You’re not wrong. Last month,

How to work with local media

Print and broadcast media, including radio and television, offer the opportunity to reach large audiences with information about the importance of skin cancer prevention, detection and self-examination. ... This section will help you use your local media to publicize your screening, Melanoma Monday®, and Skin Cancer Awareness Month. This toolkit

Impact Report — Fall 2022

Yes, you are in the right place. The ... AAD/A Impact Report at AAD.org you are reading now recently surpassed more than ... 10,000 page views in 2022, which means you are among the thousands of members who know where to go for information about our advocacy efforts, public education,

COVID rules of the road

What do dermatologists need to know about new practice regulations — and how have they adapted? ... Feature ... By Emily Margosian, Assistant Editor, February 1, 2022 As the COVID-19 pandemic passes the two-year mark, lawmakers have begun proposing new regulations to promote public health and safety, giving shape to

Weighing the options

As biologic therapies expand indications to children and adolescents, what do dermatologists need to know about balancing the risks and benefits? ... Feature ... By Allison Evans, Assistant Managing Editor, February 1, 2023 Over the past five years, younger patients have steadily gained access to a range of FDA-approved targeted

Reflectance confocal microscopy, driverless cars, and Uber: The future of dermatopathology

By Warren R. Heymann, MD ... Sept. 12, 2016 ... In a matter of days, you will be able to use Uber to hail a driverless car to your destination in Pittsburgh. During these trials, initially there will be a human monitor (1). You know where this is going

Best practices for social media

In addition to keeping up with family and friends, social media sites offer several professional benefits and opportunities to dermatologists: ... Stay current on the latest news and research. ... Connect with colleagues. ... Share educational information with patients. ... Promote your practice. ... Position board-certified dermatologists as the experts

Help wanted!

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... Experts discuss the ideal qualifications, experience, and characteristics to look for when hiring a coder ... Experts discuss the ideal qualifications, experience, and characteristics to look for when hiring a coder ... By Ruth Carol, contributing writer You

Telehealth and state licensure: What you need to know

Legally Speaking ... Robert M. Portman, JD, MPP, is a health care attorney with Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, in Washington, DC, and serves as legal counsel for the AAD and AADA. ... By Robert M. Portman, JD, MPP, Rebecca Burke, JD, and Christina L. Krysinski, JD, May 1, 2018

Digital media kit: Recruitment and direct mail advertising

The Academy offers a number of recruitment opportunities and mailing list rentals that allow you to reach the prospects you need in a timely and results-oriented fashion. ... DermWorld classifieds Reach over 16,000 U.S. dermatologists with your recruitment ad. ... JAAD classifieds Reach the full AAD membership with your recruitment

Your Academy CME roundup: Highlights from 2022

By now you know that the AAD offers its members a variety of options to earn CME. You can access more than 60 hours of convenient CME, simply by being a member of the Academy. You also have access to more than 110 hours of discounted CME through your Academy

Expanding your cosmetic services

In Practice ... Beth Santmyire-Rosenberger, MD, PhD, is the owner of Appalachian Spring Dermatology, PLLC, in Fairmont, West Virginia. ... By Victoria Houghton, managing editor, May 1, 2019 Dermatology World talks with Beth Santmyire-Rosenberger, MD, PhD, from Appalachian Spring Dermatology, PLLC, in Fairmont, West Virginia, about how to expand the

In the know

CMS Releases Fourth Quarterly Updates to the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) ... Did you know that The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the fourth quarterly update to the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Procedure-to-Procedure (PTP) Edits, Version 25.3 and that they will go into effect

Cultivating a supportive work culture

Work culture is a collection of attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that make up the regular atmosphere of your workplace. A healthy work culture is fundamental to good patient care and your own well-being. So what does it take to create a healthy, wellness-oriented, dynamic culture? ... To start, it takes

March

Issue ... March January February March April May June July August September October November December View digital flipbook In this issue ... From the Editor ... I called a colleague the other day to discuss a patient What's hot ... This month's news from across the specialty Clinical Applications ...

What do you need to know about emerging, antifungal medication-resistant dermatophyte infections?

Clinical Applications ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld . She interviews the author of a recent study each month. ... By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, September 1, 2023 In this month’s Clinical Applications column, Physician Editor Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, talks with Avrom S. Caplan, MD,

Member benefits — Supporting you with superior practice management tools

We know that when your practice is performing effectively and efficiently, patients will benefit from excellent care. That’s why the Academy is always looking for ways to enhance support for your practice. Here are some of last year’s highlights. ... Private Payer Resource Center ... In 2021, the Academy’s staff

E/M codes: Change is here

What dermatologists need to know about the restructured evaluation and management codes to ensure correct reimbursement ... Feature ... By Allison Evans, assistant managing editor, January 1, 2021 Evaluation and management (E/M) visit codes are by far the most heavily used codes across all specialties. They accounted for about 15%

Hidradenitis suppurativa and socioeconomic status: Food for thought (and benefit)

By Warren R. Heymann, MD ... Oct. 2, 2016 ... We see many patients with hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), especially in our Camden practice. I am certainly not surprised by the well-documented comorbidities of obesity and smoking (1), which may play a role in the pathogenesis of the disease. While

EHR optimization 101

What should you be doing to make the most out of your electronic health record (EHR) system? ... Answers in Practice ... By Swapna Bhatia, MPH, manager, Health Technology & Informatics , August 1, 2020 Each month Dermatology World ... tackles issues "in practice" for dermatologists. This month Swapna Bhatia,

Academic medical center

Finding the right type of academic practice: From an expert  ... An interview with Michel McDonald, MD Academic Dermatologist, Vanderbilt University Medical Center How did you choose your current position? Why did you want to work in the academic setting? I began working at Vanderbilt right out of residency. The

Aleppo to Zika: 2016’s anxieties may lead to 2017’s dermatoses

By Warren R. Heymann, MD Dec. 17, 2016 "Doctor, did stress cause my breakout?" ... How many times have your patients with acne, psoriasis, or urticaria asked you this question? My usual response is "No, it didn’t cause it, but it sure can make it worse!" ... The first time

From the editor

From the Editor ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld. By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, January 1, 2019 Happy 2019! Another year is upon us. The years seem to fly by these days — a hazard, I understand, of growing older. I suspect that many of you who

Academy CME opportunities abound

The alopecia frontier is open! In our last issue, we let you know that the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD) published a new CME supplement, " ... Alopecia: A New Frontier, " that can help you differentiate between the various types of alopecia and identify correct treatments

The retiring type?

By Warren R. Heymann, MD April 23, 2017 "Tell me, Dr. Heymann, when do you plan to retire?" ... Patients seem to ask me that every day. ... My usual response: "Why do you ask, do I look that bad?" ... "No, you look pretty good for your age." (According

Dermatology World Weekly

DermWorld Weekly  is a brief, concise digest of the latest news, hand-picked by  ... DW’s  editorial team with analysis of why it matters to dermatologists. ... Each week editors review the landscape of health care news in  ... DermWorld's  core areas of practice management, policy, and patient care, and highlight

Cover your assets

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... Experts offer tips on getting the most out of malpractice insurance ... Experts offer tips on getting the most out of malpractice insurance ... By Ruth Carol, contributing writer You may not be paying for your medical malpractice

Mentee guidelines

Getting started with your mentor ... You should contact your mentor within two weeks of receipt of your assignment. You and your mentor should agree upon a convenient time to speak and confirm that you know how to contact each other (via email, telephone, etc.). You also should agree on

Advocating for you — Patient safety

We put patient safety on the map for you ... We know the optimal way to provide dermatologic care is under your direction as a qualified dermatologist, and without having to worry about scope of practice issues interfering. Across the country, the AADA is reinforcing the importance of a physician-led

Talking Points: Benzene contamination and sunscreen

Primary key messages ... The Academy has developed key messages for dermatologists regarding the ... Valisure report that found the chemical benzene in some sunscreens. ... While this report raises concerns, it’s important to note that this is one report, and the claims need to be validated. ... The United

There’s something for every FAAD (and their kids?) at AAD Innovation Academy

From the President ... Dr. Cronin served as Academy president from March 2023 to March 2024. ... By Terrence A. Cronin Jr., MD, FAAD, August 1, 2023 It may sound cute, but if you’re joining me at the Academy’s Innovation Academy in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 10-13, you’ll understand what

Military practice

About your employment contract: Eight key details to know before you sign ... About 1% of dermatologists end up practicing in the military. Although this is not the most common type of practice for dermatologists, you should be aware of key details regarding your employment contract. ... The days of

Impact Report — Spring 2021

Our focus is on supporting members, and we want to be sure to tell you what we are doing for you. So, in addition to the annual printed Impact Report that we sent you in April, we’re going to continue to check in with you through quarterly updates online. Welcome

Medical record essentials

The medical record: In a nutshell ... A medical record helps determine the level of evaluation and management (E/M) billing and provides a justification for what you did and why you should be reimbursed ... Everything you document in the record should make the case for medical necessity ... Will

What is an Academy Expert Resource Group, and do I need to be an expert to join?

Asked and Answered ... December 1, 2019 Great question! The Academy’s Expert Resource Groups (ERGs) are made up of individuals who come together to share information and knowledge about a particular topic, usually specific diseases or issues relevant to dermatology. ... You do not need to be an expert on

Cosmetic treatment from unqualified providers may result in complications

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 16, 2018) — Board-certified dermatologists can provide safe, effective cosmetic procedures People looking for a bargain on cosmetic treatment may end up getting more than they bargained for if they receive care from someone who is not qualified to provide it. ... "You wouldn’t want to

Six tips for effective employee performance reviews

Employers use a performance review or appraisal to outline employee job expectations and evaluate how well the employee is meeting those expectations. It is often used to set goals for the upcoming year, with added goals of growth and development. But performance reviews can incite anxiety and apprehension, sometimes for

Have MIPS reporting requirements changed? Where can I find updated information on the reporting requirements for 2023?

Asked and Answered ... September 1, 2023 Members can find a summary of changes to the MIPS programs for the 2023 reporting year on ... our website . ... To access a step-by-step guide on reporting for MIPS in 2023, visit the AADA Practice Management Center. Find the guide on

Member benefits — So many codes, so little time. Yet…

Your Academy coding staff knows how busy you are in your practice. Here’s a quick summary of what we’ve been doing to keep you ahead of the coding curve. ... Quick coding guides ... We continue to build out our series of ... downloadable quick coding guides for common (and

What is an AAD Expert Resource Group (ERG)? Do I need to be an expert to join?

Asked and Answered ... December 1, 2023 The Academy’s Expert Resource Groups (ERGs) are made up of individuals who come together to share information and knowledge about a particular topic, usually specific diseases or issues relevant to dermatology. ... You do not need to be an expert on an ERG’s

Audit process

RAC audits: In a nutshell ... There are three methods of RAC auditing: automated review, semi-automated review, and complex review. ... The RAC will send a letter to inform you that they have found an overpayment and are requesting payment refund. ... There’s nothing like getting a paycheck, and then

If want to be a true leader, emulate the first president

By Warren R. Heymann, MD July 30, 2017 I recently had a discussion with our departing chief resident as he was about to embark on his academic career at UCLA. He was looking for sage advice — I focused on the need to maintain enthusiasm, wonder, curiosity, and dedication to

What's causing your child's itchy rash?

A dermatologist addresses the difference between eczema and allergic contact dermatitis BOSTON, MA (March 25, 2022) — Itchy rashes can be very irritating, especially when children get them, and you don’t know what is causing them. While these rashes are often caused by eczema, in some cases they are caused

Human resources: To outsource or not, that is the question

Human resource (HR) activities typically include staffing, compensation and benefits, training and development, safety and health, and employee management. Given these vast domains, a small dermatology practice may struggle to balance what can be done in-house and what should be outsourced. HR itself can often be outsourced but consider your

Short anagen syndrome: The long and short of it

By Warren R. Heymann, MD, FAAD Feb. 7, 2024 Vol. 6, No. 6 Have you ever encountered a patient who says that their hair does not grow very much and that they rarely need to cut their hair? I have, and I suppose you have, too. Although considered uncommon, short

Where can I find updated information on reporting for MIPS?

Asked and Answered ... September 1, 2022 Visit the AADA Practice Management center for a ... step-by-step guide on reporting for MIPS in 2022. This four-step guide can help you learn how to avoid the penalty or earn an incentive in 2024 when the penalty or incentive would be applied.

Special FAQ’s for 2019 NEW Biopsy Codes

The AAD coding team has received questions regarding the new 2019 CPT biopsy codes. You will find the answers to frequently asked questions below. ... Q) Do you know if all insurance carriers are switching to the new CPT codes for skin biopsies, or does this change just apply to

Is there a genetic basis of CCCA and, if so what is it?

Clinical Applications ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld . She interviews the author of a recent study each month. ... By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, July 1, 2019 In this month’s Clinical Applications column, Physician Editor Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, talks with Amy McMichael, MD, about her recent

Meaningful benefits — Quick coding guides

So many codes, so little time ... Not sure how to code for that insect bite or sting? We’ve got you covered. Need a photodynamic therapy code right now? We have that info too. Your Academy coding staff knows how busy you are in your practice, so we’ve developed several

Join the Academy's psoriasis measure testing project

Who should participate ... Want better quality measures for dermatology? Do you see patients with actinic keratosis (AK)? Interested in improving quality-of-life? If you answered yes, we need your collaboration! ... What: Provide data on 4 actinic keratosis (AK) quality measures including process and outcome measures addressing shared decision-making, patient

The many uses of microneedling

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... How it works, potential applications, and what patients should know ... How it works, potential applications, and what patients should know ... By Emily Margosian, assistant editor Once an experimental treatment pioneered through the use of tattoo pistols

Clinical Guidelines app

Providing up-to-date clinical guidelines is an important function of the AAD and one of the top benefits for AAD members, but it can be difficult to quickly refer to them during a patient encounter. ... Thanks to the new AAD Clinical Guidelines app, available as an AAD member benefit, you

Managing your practice

Find tools and resources you need to manage your practice, including tips on joining or selling a practice, combatting burnout, hiring, practice promotion, and finding preferred providers. ... Office optimization Learn how small changes can make a big difference and optimize your dermatology practice. ... Staffing Access Academy guidance on

It's the last quarter of MIPS performance year 2019: Do you have a game plan?

Answers in Practice ... Faiza Wasif, MPH, is the AAD's practice management manager. Her column offers tips on an area she commonly receives questions about from members. ... By Faiza Wasif, MPH, October 1, 2019 Another performance year for the Merit Based Payment System (MIPS) program is almost over —

Scratching from A Hard Day’s Night? Meet the beetles!

By Warren R. Heymann, MD May 17, 2016 One of my least favorite encounters in dermatology is telling patients that it looks like they have insect bites. The usual responses are: "From what?" "I haven’t been outside," "My vet says my dog doesn’t have fleas," "My wife doesn’t have any

April

Issue ... April January February March April May June July August September October November December View digital flipbook In this issue ... From the Editor ... Itch What’s hot ... This month’s news from across the specialty Clinical Applications ... Strategies to improve cardiovascular disease prevention among psoriatic patients Feature

AAD Media Kit

DermWorld ... Events ... Podcasts ... AAD.org ... Advertise with the AAD ... About the AAD In a world of many advertising choices, the AAD is the distinct leader to reach the dermatology community. Build brand awareness, launch a new product, or make connections – AAD gives you the best

Telemedicine coding basics: What you need to know now

Teledermatology visits ... Teledermatology services are performed using virtual technology in one of the two ways: ... Live-interactive (synchronous): A real-time, two-way interaction between the physician and the patient. For example, the patient initiates a video chat with the physician to discuss a rash. The video can be performed through

Allopurinol-induced adverse reactions: More than genetics

 ... By Warren R. Heymann, MD June 25, 2016 There are certain drugs that confer a high risk of severe cutaneous adverse reactions (SCAR) ranging from morbilliform drug eruptions, DRESS, Stevens-Johnson, to Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis. You know the usual suspects — anticonvulsive agents, sulfa drugs, other anti-infective agents, and

The importance of cross-training and preparing for change

Change, as they say, is the only constant we can count on, but change can be difficult to accept and adapt to if you are not prepared. A successful practice should always be thinking "how will you and your team manage change?" By planning for change, you are not only

What features in psoriasis patients indicate that the patient is at high risk of developing psoriatic arthritis?

Clinical Applications ... Dr. Abate is a member of the ... DermWorld Editorial Advisory Workgroup. ... By Mallory Abate, MD, FAAD, December 1, 2023 In this month’s Clinical Applications column, DermWorld ... Editorial Advisory Workgroup member Mallory Abate, MD, FAAD, talks with Luigi Naldi, MD, about his JAAD ... paper,

Clinical Pearls archive

Clinical Pearls help prepare residents for the future by providing them with top tips from experts about what they should know about specific, key subject areas by the time they complete their residency. ... Alopecia Areata Atopic dermatitis Autoimmune bullous dermatoses Contact dermatitis Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma Dermatopathology Dress syndrome Eczematous

Optimizing prior authorization documentation

Answers in Practice ... By Swapna Bhatia, MPH, December 1, 2020 Each month DermWorld ... tackles issues "in practice" for dermatologists. This month Swapna Bhatia, MPH, the Academy’s health technology and informatics manager, explains prior authorization optimization. Do you know everything that prior authorizations entail? Have prior authorization requirements increased

Member benefits — You are part of the AAD Clinical Community

What if there was a free, secure forum ... by dermatologists for dermatologists to discuss clinical issues and more? Now it’s a reality. ... The ... forum is safe, organized, and moderated, and is also free to members of the Academy. The first two clinical areas the Academy has added

This month's news from across the specialty

What's hot ... July 1, 2020 In this monthly column, members of  ... Dermatology World 's Editorial Advisory Workgroup identify exciting news from across the specialty.   ... MALLORY ABATE, MD What are COVID toes? Lindy Fox, MD, professor of dermatology at UCSF, weighed in with her expert opinion on

2021: Best of DermWorld Insights and Inquiries

December 30, 2021 We know how much you enjoy Dr. Heymann and the editorial board’s weekly analyses of dermatologic literature, so we’ve created a list of the top 10 most popular issues in 2021 — starting with the most popular issue of the year. ... 1. Biotin supplementation for hair

Deep penetrating thoughts about deep penetrating nevi

By Warren R. Heymann, MD Jan. 14, 2019 Histopathological features of deep penetrating nevus (DPN). A, At low power, the punch biopsy specimen demonstrates a well-circumscribed, wedge-shaped, pigmented dermal lesion, tapering toward the subcutaneous fat. B, DPN typically track along adnexal structures and neurovascular bundles, as shown on this high-power

Spilling the tea

In Practice ... Dina Strachan, MD, is a dermatologist in private practice in New York. ... By Emily Margosian, assistant editor, November 1, 2018 Sometimes all it takes is a little serendipity in the spam folder. Dina Strachan, MD, a dermatologist in private practice in New York, attributes her recurring

The appeal of molecular medicine for the peeling skin syndrome

By Warren R. Heymann, MD April 17, 2018 A, After soaking his foot in warm water for 30 minutes, the patient could peel superficial layers of skin. B, After the peeling, erythematous base is revealed. C, Healed area with slight thickening and pigmentation. ... Credit: ... JAAD This may not

2024 MIPS and telehealth highlights

Eligibility criteria ... The low volume threshold remains the same as in 2023 and includes three aspects of covered professional services: ... Allowed charges ... Number of Medicare patients who receive services ... Number of services provided ... You must participate in MIPS (unless otherwise exempt) if, in both 12-month segments

Tying up loose ends

Answers in Practice ... By Swapna Bhatia, MPH, December 1, 2019 Shutting down a dermatology practice can be stressful, whether it be planned or unplanned circumstances — especially if you are not familiar with the protocols of what to do with your patients’ electronic health records (EHRs). Do not make

I am considering joining a practice. What resources does the Academy offer to help me learn more about navigating employment contracts?

Asked and Answered ... December 1, 2022 Whether you’re starting a practice, transitioning, or preparing to retire, it’s important to understand what’s involved in these life-changing decisions. If you’re considering starting or switching practices, the Academy offers resources and guidance to ensure that you are prepared to choose a path

AccessDerm: Serving the underserved

In Practice ... Dr. Simpson serves in the Department of Dermatology at University of Pennsylvania. ... By Dean Monti, managing editor, special publications, September 2, 2019 Dermatology World speaks with Cory Simpson, MD, PhD, about why he uses AccessDerm — the Academy's volunteer teledermatology platform — how it works, and

What is DataDerm?

DataDerm is a clinical data registry developed by dermatologists for dermatologists that was launched in 2016. It connects data on millions of patients from thousands of dermatologists nationwide, eases the pain of reporting, and allows you to demonstrate the quality of care you provide to payers, policy makers, and the

2024 AADA Legislative Conference: FAQs

When and where will the conference take place? The 2024 AADA Legislative Conference will take place September 8-10, 2024, at the ... J.W. Marriott Hotel , in Washington, D.C. ... What is the AADA Legislative Conference? The AADA Legislative Conference is the specialty’s foremost meeting focused on legislative, regulatory, and

Resident Education Grant – American Academy of Dermatology

You’ve built your career on a strong foundation beginning with the AAD Annual Meeting. Here is your chance to help the next generation. ... You know how important the Annual Meeting has been for you – both personally and professionally. The meeting is packed with insight, connections, and learning that will

July 6, 2022

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... IN THIS ISSUE / July 6, 2022 ... Long-term recurrence rates of actinic keratoses DermWorld Insights and Inquiries : Isotretinoin and diabetes — Of familiarity and surprise What physicians should know about monkeypox Anti-PD-1 therapy

February

Issue ... February January February March April May June July August September October November December View digital flipbook In this issue ... From the Editor ... From the editor Asked and Answered ... What is the minimum I need to report to meet the MIPS threshold in 2019? What's hot

Perianal dermatologic exams are looking up

By Warren R. Heymann, MD Nov. 14, 2016 Every dermatologist confronts how to ask a person to disrobe for a full body skin examination. Ultimately, I came up with the following line when asked what should be exposed: "The more of you I see, the better off you are —

Joining the “fold”: Squamous cell carcinoma complicating porokeratosis ptychotropica

By Warren R. Heymann, MD June 26, 2017 Coalescent erythematous papules involving bilateral buttocks. ... Credit: ... JAAD I know the variants of porokeratoses and can recite them as though I am the very model of a modern major general — Mibelli, linear, punctate, palmoplantar, DSAP, superficial disseminated, immunosuppression-related, and

Pennsylvania dermatologist goes beyond exam room to help patients access treatment

Dr. Scott Lim Honored for Efforts to Improve Prior Authorization Process ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 14, 2022) - Pennsylvania board-certified dermatologist Scott Lim, DO, FAOCD, FAAD, was named an American Academy of Dermatology ... Patient Care Hero for his extraordinary efforts to get patients access to the medications they need. ...

Does your dermatopathologist recommend treatment suggestions for melanocytic lesions? My two cents (and sense)

My dermatopathology fellowship photo from 1985 at the University of Pennsylvania: Standing Left to Right: Myself, Wallace H. Clark, Jr, and Margaret Freeman (co-fellow); Seated: Bernett Johnson, Jr and Margaret Gray Wood. I learned from the best! While they (the professors) are no longer with us, somehow I hope they

February

Issue ... February January February March April May June July August September October November December View digital flipbook In this issue ... From the Editor ... From the editor What's hot ... What's hot? Cracking the Code ... New Medicare cards are coming — are you ready? Acta Eruditorum ...

Impact Report — Vol 3, Issue 1

We are building a brighter tomorrow, today. Our bright tomorrow is forged and reinforced by the work we do all year to make the Academy strong. The efforts and successes involve AAD staff, working alongside leadership and, importantly, members like you. It’s a powerful collaboration. ... In this edition of

When is this year’s AADA Legislative Conference and will the event be in person?

Asked and Answered ... August 1, 2022 The 2022 AADA Legislative Conference will take place Sept. 18-20, at the Conrad Hotel, in Washington, D.C. ... Do I need experience in health policy to attend? ... No. Attendees do not need to be experts on health policy, the legislative process, or

Advances in dermatopathology

Dermatopathologists discuss the latest trends and developments in dermpath. ... Feature ... By Allison Evans, Assistant Managing Editor, November 1, 2023 The field of dermatopathology is experiencing much growth and change. From how to use PRAME to aid in determining whether a lesion may be malignant, to digitizing glass slides

Managing hair loss

What has research revealed about the pathogenesis of androgenetic alopecia, alopecia areata, and central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia as well as new potential therapeutics? ... Feature ... By Allison Evans, assistant managing editor, September 1, 2021 To those outside the world of dermatology, hair is sometimes perceived to be a cosmetic

Order information

How do I place an order online? ... Login  to the AAD website if you have an existing account. If you do not have an existing account, please create one. ... How do I know the item(s) I’m ordering is available? ... If you are ordering your product online, the

Putting patient safety first by preventing scope creep

We continue to see dangerous non-physician scope of practice expansion efforts across the country, jeopardizing patient safety. But even with the rise in non-physician clinicians attempting to add dermatology to their services, we know that ... board-certified dermatologists know the specialty best. The AADA continues to advocate against state legislation

Holy dermatology, Batman!

Balance in practice ... By Emily Margosian, assistant editor, August 1, 2020 Each month, Dermatology World ... addresses issues "in practice" for dermatologists. This month, Philip Latham, MD, talks about his passion for Batman-inspired car remodels. "You can’t just go down and tell the guy at the auto store that

February 16, 2022

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... IN THIS ISSUE / Feb. 16, 2022 ... A review of calcipotriol plus 5-fluorouracil for actinic keratosis DermWorld Insights and Inquiries : Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: From rupture to rapture? Delayed complications for FDA-approved HA dermal

Rebuilding after COVID-19

From the President ... Dr. Thiers served as Academy president from March 2020 to March 2021. ... By Bruce Thiers, MD, June 1, 2020 It’s June 2020. Depending on where you’re located, you may still be in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic. Others may be fortunate enough to be

What you say vs. what patients hear

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... Strategies for improving patient communication, compliance, and satisfaction ... Strategies for improving patient communication, compliance, and satisfaction ... By Emily Margosian, content specialist The scene is set. Already running behind in the day’s schedule, a dermatologist sees their

Unity and inspiration: A new year of advancing dermatology

From the President ... Dr. Desai is the Academy’s current president. ... By Seemal R. Desai, MD, FAAD, April 1, 2024 I’d like to begin my first column by sincerely thanking everyone for trusting me to serve as your president. This is the honor of a lifetime, and I am

Teledermatology in the COVID-19 era

Cracking the code ... Dr. Miller, who is in private practice in Yorba Linda, California, represents the American Academy of Dermatology on the AMA-CPT Advisory Committee. ... By Alexander Miller, MD, May 1, 2020 Test your knowledge: Teledermatology in the COVID-19 era ... Take the quiz to see if you're

Improving the physician-patient relationship with compassionate communication

Answers in Practice ... By Emily Margosian, Assistant Editor, January 1, 2022 DermWorld ... talks to Christine J. Ko, MD, FAAD, professor of dermatology and pathology at Yale School of Medicine, about how to use psychology to improve patient interactions. DermWorld: What drew you to this topic? Dr. Ko: I

Doing our part to make a difference

From the President ... Dr. Hruza served as Academy president from March 2019 to March 2020. ... By George Hruza, MD, MBA, June 3, 2019 "When you think about yourself, skip the only,’ as in I’m only a surgeon’ or I’m only a dermatologist.’ Think about what needs to be

Helping the Maxwell family live with a rare chronic disorder

Two dermatologists work together to help a patient and her children navigate insurance hurdles to access the treatments they need to treat pityriasis rubra pilaris, a rare auto-immune disorder. ... Virginia's story ... I was born with pityriasis rubra pilaris, an auto-immune disorder where my skin grows too fast for

Side gig

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... What can physicians do in addition to clinical services, and how do you get started? ... What can physicians do in addition to clinical services, and how do you get started? ... By Emily Margosian, assistant editor While

What are the CLIA requirements for lab operations?

What are the new IQCP requirements under CLIA? ... CLIA allows labs to implement an individualized quality control program (IQCP). Most dermatology practices are not able to participate in this option because pathology testing is specifically excluded from the IQCP guidelines. The ICQP does not require dermatology practices to change

May 22

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... IN THIS ISSUE / May 22, 2019 ... What's happening to practice ownership? DW Insights and Inquiries : Breaking the terbinafine laboratory habit for onychomycosis Do you know how to get to 30 points to

DermWorld: Your go-to practice, policy, and care resource

About 260 of you responded to the survey. Here’s what you said: ... Credibility of content, quality of writing = 93% excellent or good ... Visual appeal (cover, overall, art) = 89% excellent or good ... DermWorld content is relevant to my practice = 84% strongly agree or agree ...

Who knew?

From the Editor ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld. By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, November 1, 2023 When it comes to skin health, we all know that a board-certified dermatologist knows best. In years past, we were comfortable being known and respected for our expertise. Our

State law and teratogenic medications

Patient access to teratogenic medication may be impacted by state abortion access laws. The Academy has resources for members who prescribe teratogenic medications. ... Patient access to reproductive resources ... Do you have questions about changes to state laws since the Supreme Court decision overturning ... Roe v Wade? Do

Early-onset hypertension associated with extensive capillary malformations: A new worry to raise dermatologists’ blood pressure

By Warren R. Heymann, MD, FAAD Jan. 31, 2024 Vol. 6, No. 5 The recent passing of Mikhail Gorbachev reminded me of the teaching value of his port wine stain. The following brief article published in the ... Washington Post in 1987 reflects the state of knowledge 36 years ago.

This month's news from across the specialty

What's hot ... June 1, 2020 In this monthly column, members of  ... Dermatology World 's Editorial Advisory Workgroup identify exciting news from across the specialty.   ... BRYAN CARROLL, MD, PhD We may need to channel Carl Sagan to appreciate the vastness of the recently released billions upon billions

What to expect for MIPS 2024

Answers in Practice ... By Olivia Barry, Manager, Practice Management, April 1, 2024 Each month, DermWorld ... tackles issues "in practice" for dermatologists. This month, practice management staff explains what to expect for MIPS 2024. On Nov. 2, 2023, CMS released the final Quality Payment Program (QPP) Rule which includes

Disaster relief preparedness

Answers in Practice ... By Swapna Pachauri, MPH, manager, Health Technology & Informatics, June 1, 2021 Each month DermWorld ... tackles issues "in practice" for dermatologists. This month Swapna Pachauri, MPH, the Academy’s Health Technology & Informatics manager, offers a summary of disaster relief preparedness. Disasters and emergencies can happen

March 30, 2022

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... IN THIS ISSUE / March 30, 2022 ... The rankings are in: Minoxidil, finasteride, and dutasteride for male androgenetic alopecia DermWorld Insights and Inquiries : Bowel-associated dermatosis-arthritis syndrome (BADAS) — The story behind the acronym

In the health care loop

Answers in Practice ... By Victoria Houghton, Managing Editor, July 1, 2023 Randa Khoury, MD, FAAD ... DermWorld ... talks to Randa Khoury, MD, FAAD, a dermatologist with the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group (MAPMG), about what it’s like to work in a single-payer model health care system. DermWorld: Tell us

Dermatologic FOMO and suggested remedies

By Warren R. Heymann, MD Dec. 10, 2016 "The main problem of the future will be deciding what to do with your newly found leisure time that these inventions will allow." I heard (and believed) this as a 9-year-old boy visiting the General Electric Pavillion exhibiting Disney’s "Carousel of Progress"

Implementing technology

After determining that telemedicine is right for your practice and selecting a vendor, consider these steps for integrating teledermatology into your practice. ... Decide how you will offer teledermatology ... Determine what kind of scheduling for teledermatology you will offer. Store-and-forward technology gives the dermatologist more flexibility. You can state

What are AAD Expert Resource Groups (ERGs) and how can I get involved?

Asked and Answered ... January 1, 2022 The Academy’s Expert Resource Groups (ERGs) are made up of individuals who come together to share information and knowledge about a particular topic, usually specific diseases or issues relevant to dermatology. ... You do not need to be an expert on an ERG’s

Types of audits

RAC audits: In a nutshell ... There are four different types of Medicare contractors that are responsible for auditing records, claims, and payments. ... You need to notify your MAC if you notice errors during a self-audit. ... It doesn’t matter whether you are being audited for the first time

Coding, culture, and contracts — the Academy knows all things practice management

It’s all in the coding At the end of the day, a successful practice relies on you knowing which code to use and how and when to use it. Bringing you the best information about coding keeps you on the ball. DermWorld published scores of titles on coding in 2023,

Bee prepared: how to treat a bee sting

ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 10, 2018) — It can happen fast. One minute the kids are all playing peacefully outside on a warm, spring day. The next minute a piercing scream reveals that one them has been stung by a bee. To help alleviate the panic, dermatologists from the American Academy

Meet the correspondents

Your Dermatologist Knows uses social media to reach young Americans on the media platforms they use every day. These efforts are led by our social media correspondents, five media-savvy dermatologists who know how to engage the public. Our social media correspondents showcase dermatologists as knowledgeable, caring experts seeking the absolute

How to test skin care products before use

Tips from board-certified dermatologists ROSEMONT, Ill. (Aug. 19, 2021) — With so many skin care products available, including cleansers, moisturizers and cosmetics, it can be difficult to know which products to choose. While understanding your ... skin type can help you choose products formulated for your skin, it’s still possible

Evaluation and management in 2021: Part 1

Cracking the code ... Dr. Miller, who is in private practice in Yorba Linda, California, represents the American Academy of Dermatology on the AMA-CPT Advisory Committee. ... By Alexander Miller, MD, September 1, 2020 Test your knowledge: Evaluation and management in 2021: Part 1 ... Take the quiz to see

Getting to Know Modifier 25

Designed for dermatologists, practice administrators, and coding and billing staff, the "Getting to Know

Suggested dermatology topics by month

At the beginning of every month, consider "pitching" your expertise as a board-certified dermatologist to your local media by sharing a timely story idea that will help educate their audiences. Advocating for our specialty by consistently contributing to the public perception of dermatologists as the leading experts in skin, hair,

Member benefits — Remote control: Teledermatology just got easier

Your ... Academy Teledermatology Toolkit is filled with all the resources you’ve asked for to handle remote consultations efficiently. ... A new downloadable flowchart helps you distinguish between and code these visits, augmented by an updated coding guide. The Academy’s new teledermatology guidance also includes the recently approved ... Teledermatology

This month's news from across the specialty

What's hot ... October 1, 2021 In this monthly column, members of the  ... DermWorld Editorial Advisory Workgroup identify exciting news from across the specialty.   ... Mallory Abate, MD, FAAD We all know how frustrating it can be when a patient’s acne returns after isotretinoin, requiring them to undergo

RAC audits: Target areas

This page has quick tips, facts, and links for you to keep on hand so that you can stay on top of the audit game. ... Where a RAC will catch you ... It goes without saying that you must be careful about many procedures when you’re a physician. However,

Till death do you part: Love, marriage, melanoma, and more

By Warren R. Heymann, MD May 21, 2018 ... "What brings you to the office today"? ... "My wife wanted me to get my skin checked." ... If it wasn’t for wives, I wouldn’t have any male patients. ... Seven years ago, my wife noted a lesion on my back,

Fake news, predatory journals, case reports, biostatistics, and other journalistic musings

By Warren R. Heymann, MD March 17, 2017 We live in an era of information excess delivered by print, digital devices, webcasts, podcasts, and tweets. Time for reflection is minimal. One of the major precipitants of physician burnout is the endless electronically documenting data, which has replaced speaking to and

What common dermatologic diseases can be attributed to therapeutic and cosmetic cultural practices?

Acta Eruditorum ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld . She interviews the author of a recent study each month. ... By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, November 1, 2018 In this month’s Acta Eruditorum column, Physician Editor Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, talks with Nicole Patzelt, MD, and Neelam A.

2020 ICD-10-CM Coding Updates

Dermatology has a few new or newly updated ICD-10-CM codes for 2020. Listed below are new categories/subcategories of codes that will impact dermatology as of October 1, 2019. ... Below are some of the proposed revisions and/or updates to the diagnosis codes that dermatology practices need to focus on. Italicized

Advocating for you — Putting patient safety first by preventing scope creep

We continue to fight against non-physician scope of practice expansion efforts across the country that jeopardize patient safety. But even with the rise in non-physician clinicians attempting to add dermatology to their services, we know that board-certified dermatologists know the specialty best. ... The AADA advocates against state legislation that

Compliance and scope of practice

Use these practical step-by-step guides to make sure your practice is in compliance with government regulations, and find guidance on scope of practice issues. ... CLIA compliance guide A step-by-step guide to help you determine if you are CLIA compliant. Follow the tabs to learn how you must comply, depending

Covfefe and the art of the diagnostic deal

By Warren R. Heymann, MD June 2, 2017 Progressive nodular histiocytosis. A, Multiple papulonodular lesions over upper extremities and trunk. B, Leonine appearance for coalescing of lesions on face. ... Credit: ... JAAD I don’t know what’s more frightening — making diagnoses on autopilot or being genuinely stumped and having

AAD teledermatology program helps meet a need

Emily Baumrin, MD, helps increase access for patients through teledermatology. Dr. Baumrin's story ... Emily Baumrin, MD, Penn Medicine ... I was inspired to volunteer for the AAD’s teledermatology program because I have always wanted to improve access to dermatology for patients who may not have access otherwise. In Philadelphia,

Concierge medicine

Concierge medicine involves patients paying a monthly or annual fee for enhanced services. According to Medscape's Compensation Report from 2017, about 3% of dermatologists participate in a concierge model of care. There are many different ways to structure your practice into this model. You can choose to have patients pay

Warning signs

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... Screening and treating patients with body dysmorphic disorder ... Screening and treating patients with body dysmorphic disorder ... By Ruth Carol, contributing writer Patients routinely come in for cosmetic procedures, but how do you know if the patient

FAQs: Interoperability and patient access

If you prefer, you can ... download a PDF version of these FAQs. ... Important date ... Date of mandated compliance: ... April 5, 2021 What is the information blocking rule? ... One of the provisions is making the blocking of health information illegal. CMS has published regulations (the Information

Labor Day thoughts on increasing dermatologist burnout

By Warren R. Heymann, MD Sept. 5, 2016 "Love and work…work and love. That’s all there is" – Sigmund Freud ... Today you probably received an email from ... Dermatology Times entitled "Tips for taking advantage of Labor Day 2016." A recent Mayo Clinic study was quoted, noting that between

Lecturing about measles?

From the Editor ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld. By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, January 1, 2020 Why would a dermatologist lecture about measles? Several years ago, I put together a grand rounds talk titled, "Measles: will you know it when you see it?" Like most of

Are you part of our AAD Clinical Community?

Launched earlier this year, your new online ... AAD Clinical Community is living up to its name and growing into a large, vibrant community! This new member benefit provides AAD members a moderated space to collaborate on clinical cases, advance medical skills and knowledge, and participate in a forum to

Donate to the AAD

Thank you for supporting the American Academy of Dermatology! ... From gold-star education and practice management expertise to free skin cancer screenings and children’s programs, your support helps ensure the AAD’s critical community programs and services continue to improve the lives of patients, educate the public, and advance the specialty.

Donate to the AAD

Thank you for supporting the American Academy of Dermatology! ... From gold-star education and practice management expertise to free skin cancer screenings and children’s programs, your support helps ensure the AAD’s critical community programs and services continue to improve the lives of patients, educate the public, and advance the specialty.

Dermatologists are more than skin experts

From the President ... Dr. Hruza served as Academy president from March 2019 to March 2020. ... By George Hruza, MD, MBA, February 1, 2020 It is no great secret that dermatology is a small specialty. However, what some people may not know is that dermatology’s reach in the medical

Full disclosure

From the Editor ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld. By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, June 1, 2023 Many of you know that I am married to an ob-gyn, so treating pregnant patients has always been easy for me. Even in the middle of the night, I

A novel sebum inhibitor for acne vulgaris: A slick maneuver

By Warren R. Heymann, MD Jan. 11, 2017 Illustrative photos of severe inflammatory acne vulgaris, largely without nodules (A). B, Very severe acne with cysts. ... Credit: ... JAAD What a pleasure it is to think about a novel treatment for acne! Honestly, have you gotten excited learning that the

Once I receive a CLIA certificate, how do I comply?

There are four main steps you need to perform to comply with CLIA: ... Develop a laboratory procedure manual for each of your tests and equipment used. ... Establish and implement a quality assessment program for your tests. This includes policies and procedures for maintaining quality control of not only

Examine the exam room for opportunities for efficiencies

The exam room often makes up for less than half of the medical office space, but the exam room is the primary place where physicians and patients develop their relationship. The design and set up of this space should be carefully considered to optimize efficiency, workflow, and patient engagement. ...

Five unsafe skin care trends to avoid

Advice from board-certified dermatologists to keep your skin healthy ROSEMONT, Ill. (Nov. 1, 2023) — Social media platforms are rife with skin care advice from a variety of sources, which can make it difficult to know how to approach the recommendations you find online. In recognition of National Healthy Skin

Do you know about the newest free tools in our Practice Management shed?

At the Academy, we are constantly creating new tools to help you in your practice. The three most visited webpages in the AADA Practice Management Center last quarter were the prior authorization tool, the Coding Resource Center, and MIPS measures for 2022. We have new tools for all these and

We give you practical tools, from prior authorization letters to tips on using modifier 59

Your AADA Practice Management Center has tools to assist physicians, medical staff, and patients. ... Prior authorization help ... The AADA Practice Management Center helps you ... effectively navigate the prior authorization process , and has been expanding its tools. Here are some of what we are now offering: ...

Office Disaster Recovery and Emergency Response

Are you fully prepared when a disaster hits your area? Is your dermatology practice in coordination with federal, state, and local emergency preparedness policies and procedures? It is difficult to know when a disaster will hit your area, but it is essential that your practice be prepared for all manner

Confused about sunscreen? New American Academy of Dermatology survey shows Americans need a refresher on sunscreen application and SPF

Board-certified dermatologist goes beyond the numbers to ensure consumers are sun-safe heading into Memorial Day weekend ROSEMONT, Ill. (May 25, 2021) — With many planning outdoor gatherings this Memorial Day weekend, board-certified dermatologists want to make sure consumers don’t get burned by confusing sunscreen labels or the sun’s harmful rays.

2020 Academy Meeting cancellation and refund support

View your existing registration & housing record ... The 2020 Academy Meeting has been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Click on the button below to access your existing registration and housing record. ... Registration refunds ... The AAD will automatically cancel your existing registration and refund all fees, including

AAD | Prior Authorization’s Impact on Dermatologists

The Academy surveyed dermatology practices on prior authorization in 2020, breaking out those working at a solo practice, dermatology group, academic medical center, or a multi-specialty group. The findings show that prior authorizations are a significant burden. ... The Academy surveyed dermatology practices in 2020. Did you know? ... Dermatologists

December 19

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... IN THIS ISSUE / December 19, 2018 ... A new frown line treatment – coming soon? The AAD 2019 Strategic Plan: Our vision for the future December Heroes: Jean Pierre Galliani, MD, and Naomi Johansen,

What challenges and barriers exist when patch testing children?

Clinical Applications ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld . She interviews the author of a recent study each month. ... By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, June 1, 2021 In this month’s Clinical Applications column, Physician Editor Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, talks with JiaDe (Jeff) Yu, MD, about his

Humanitarian dermatology extends its reach

Dermatologists take part in medical relief efforts at home and abroad ... Feature ... By Emily Margosian, Assistant Editor, September 1, 2022 "When you take a step back and look at why we went into medicine, what is it that drives us?" asked Naurin Ahmad, MD, MPH, FAAD. "Medical mission

Identifying illicit drug reactions

Dermatologists discuss the cutaneous signs of established and emerging illicit substances. ... Feature ... By Emily Margosian, Assistant Editor, May 1, 2024 It was a medical mystery. A long-term patient with a persistent skin finding and no known cause. ... "I had an individual who came to see me for

From bedside to boardroom

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... Physician entrepreneurs share what they've learned, and why there's no better time than the present to get started ... Physician entrepreneurs share what they've learned, and why there's no better time than the present to get started ...

Diagnosing and managing delusional parasitosis

Acta Eruditorum ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld . She interviews the author of a recent study each month. ... By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, April 1, 2019 In this month’s Acta Eruditorum column, Physician Editor Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, talks with Dirk M. Elston, MD, about his

NP/PA laws

Non-physician clinicians (NPCs) are increasingly being incorporated into dermatology practices nationwide. Each state has its own scope-of-practice laws governing what a non-physician clinician is allowed to treat and whether supervision is required. The Academy supports appropriate safeguards to ensure patient safety and a focus on the highest quality care as

Staying safe, even from the sun

Janelle Khan, an employee at AVDA, saw how important providing shade was for families in need. Janelle’s story ... AVDA supporters of the project were happy to attend the dedication ceremony for the shade structure. ... Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc. (AVDA) is thrilled with our new shade

Here comes the sun: The role of polypodium leucotomos extract

By Warren R. Heymann, MD Aug. 9, 2017 Ultraviolet (UV)B response. Changes in biomarkers of UV radiation exposure before and after Polypodium leucotomos extract (PLE). A, Stained nuclei for cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPD), Ki67, proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), and cyclin D1. B, Sunburn cells and cytoplasmic staining for cyclooxygenase-2

Bank of America - Practice Solutions

When you need financing for your dermatology practice, you want to work with someone who understands your industry. For over twenty years, Bank of America Practice Solutions has helped dermatologists across the nation reach their goals through smart financial solutions ... 1 ... and expert guidance. Whether you own a

Advocating for you — Highlighting the specialty in the nation’s capital

The messages you delivered to members of Congress in 200+ virtual meetings did not go unnoticed, and had a direct impact on legislation that affects you and your patients. ... Every year, dermatologists and patient advocates come to Washington, D.C., to advocate on the specialty’s priorities. During the second annual

2021 is finally here

From the Editor ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld. By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, January 1, 2021 While 2020 started off innocently enough, the cancellation of the Annual Meeting, shocking as it seemed at the time, was perhaps the first hint that this was not to be

Reconnecting with your purpose

"Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose." ... ─ Vicktor Frankl Purpose plays a significant role in resilience, self-improvement, and personal well-being. Purpose alone cannot eliminate systemic challenges that lead to burnout, such as excessive workload or administrative burdens. However, reconnecting with

Appealing an audit

Appealing an audit: In a nutshell ... If you disagree with an audit decision, you can discuss it with your recovery audit contractor (RAC), rebut it, and file an appeal ... There are five levels of an appeal ... Make sure that your appeal letters include all the necessary information

Melanoma: A family affair

By Warren R. Heymann, MD Nov. 4, 2016 It has now been 5 years since I was diagnosed with melanoma. Six years ago, my wife Ronnie found a tick on my back; when she noted a lesion in the same region a year later, I remember asking her "What did

Rethinking CLIA and the KOH exam

By Warren R. Heymann, MD Feb. 24, 2017 Yesterday, a young woman complained of a pruritic rash on her right foot that was unresponsive to an over the counter antifungal agent. Clinically, there were some dried vesicles and a few collarettes of scale on her instep, clinically appearing most like

So many questions. So little time.

Experts offer best practices on efficiently addressing patients’ questions about sunscreen. ... Feature ... By Andrea Niermeier, April 1, 2023 Aisles of products, numerous social media top 10 lists, and abundant information on the internet: Consumers can be quickly overwhelmed with sunscreen questions related to types, usage, and safety —

Are there best practices for preventing and managing pressure ulcers?

Clinical Applications ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld . She interviews the author of a recent study each month. ... By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, January 1, 2020 In this month’s Clinical Applications column, Physician Editor Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, talks with Joshua Mervis, MD, and Tania J.

Keeping the frontline workers safe

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... DW Weekly talks with Iltefat Hamzavi, MD, a dermatologist at Henry Ford Health System, about his discovery of a new way of sanitizing personal protective equipment to help keep COVID-19 frontline providers safe. DW Weekly

Dupilumab: The first year

By Warren R. Heymann, MD  ... Jan. 8, 2018 A patient with severe atopic dermatitis has benefited from dupilumab. ... Credit: Warren R Heymann ... When introduced as dermatologist to a new acquaintance, I’m sure you have heard: "Dermatology is a great field — you don’t cure anybody, so

2024 Annual Meeting: Session spotlight

With more than 300 sessions at this year's Annual Meeting, we wanted to make it easy to find the sessions important to you! Easily find what aligns with your specialty and interests by using the below session categories. On-site you'll find these sessions grouped near each other for convenience. ...

April 25

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... IN THIS ISSUE / APRIL 25, 2018 ... Who’s better at diagnosing skin cancer: PAs or dermatologists? How is MIPS affecting you? CMS wants to know. New physician compensation report: How does dermatology fare? Medicare

Language assistance services for non-English-speaking patients

Legally Speaking ... Robert M. Portman, JD, MPP, is a health care attorney with Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, in Washington, DC, and serves as legal counsel for the AAD and AADA. ... By Christina L. Krysinski, JD, and Robert M. Portman, JD, January 1, 2019 The ability to communicate

Impact Report — Vol 4, Issue 1

Celebrating a year of big wins at the Academy From critical changes to iPLEDGE, to new CME learning opportunities on actinic keratosis, alopecia, and atopic dermatitis, to enhanced coding and practice management tools, the Academy was here for you in 2023. Our successes are a direct result of the strong

MUE, MAI, and you

Cracking the Code ... Dr. Miller, who is in private practice in Yorba Linda, California, represents the American Academy of Dermatology on the AMA-CPT Advisory Committee. ... By Alexander Miller, MD, June 3, 2019 Test your knowledge: MUE, MAI, and you ... Take the quiz to see if you're up

AADA Practice Management Center – Designed to help you run a safe and efficient practice

Answers in Practice ... By Faiza Wasif, Associate Director, Practice Management, February 1, 2023 Each month, DermWorld ... tackles issues "in practice" for dermatologists. Let’s paint a picture of the "perfect" dermatology practice. What does it look like? Is there a hustle and bustle of patients in and out constantly?

AADA Practice Management Center – Designed to help you run a safe and efficient practice

Answers in Practice ... By Faiza Wasif, Associate Director, Practice Management, February 1, 2023 Each month, DermWorld ... tackles issues "in practice" for dermatologists. Let’s paint a picture of the "perfect" dermatology practice. What does it look like? Is there a hustle and bustle of patients in and out constantly?

Pediatric dermatology toolbox

Advocacy groups and innovators provide key resources for patients and physicians — learn where to get help. ... Feature ... By Emily Margosian, Assistant Editor, February 1, 2024 Pediatric dermatology care is in demand. Studies estimate that 10-30% of pediatric primary care visits include a skin-related problem. However, historically, pediatricians

What are the cutaneous clues for diagnosing monkeypox?

Clinical Applications ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld . She interviews the author of a recent study each month. ... By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, December 1, 2022 In this month’s Clinical Applications column, Physician Editor Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, talks with John W. Frew MBBS,

2022: Best of DermWorld Insights and Inquiries

December 29, 2022 We know how much you enjoy Dr. Heymann and the editorial board’s weekly analyses of dermatologic literature, so we’ve created a list of the top 10 most popular issues in 2022 — starting with the most popular issue of the year. ... 1. Coming full circle (almost)

Springtime is tick time

By Warren R. Heymann, MD April 27, 2017 Petechial eruption on palm of child with Rocky Mountain spotted fever. ... Credit: ... JAAD Oh, the majesty of spring’s rejuvenation — a bloom’s aroma, opening day’s first pitch, and romance in the air. For dermatologists, no one will write a

This month's news from across the specialty

What's hot ... July 1, 2021 In this monthly column, members of the  ... DermWorld Editorial Advisory Workgroup identify exciting news from across the specialty.   ... Mallory Abate, MD The FDA has approved the first treatment for progeria (Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome). As we all know, progeria is a rare

American Academy of Dermatology survey shows sun protection lacking in winter

Board-certified dermatologist shares tips to protect your skin from the sun during colder months ROSEMONT (Feb. 6, 2024) — A recent American Academy of Dermatology survey revealed that nearly one in five adults are not aware that you can get sunburned during the winter, and even fewer protect themselves from

2024 Annual Meeting: Reserve housing

Hotel accommodations and reservations ... The AAD housing website is now closed ... Changes and cancellations to your existing reservation(s) must be communicated directly with your designated hotel(s) ... beginning Monday, February 19, 2024 . ... Need to make hotel reservations? ... A few things about aRes and using this

Academy of Dermatology mobile apps

Clinical guidelines app Quickly look up the data you need in an easy-to-use-interface that puts information at your fingertips. ... Academy Meetings app Navigate the AAD Annual and Innovation Academy meetings from your mobile device. ... Dialogues in Dermatology Listen to experts discuss how to diagnose and manage dermatologic conditions.

What is quality improvement

What is Quality Improvement? ... Quality Improvement (QI) consists of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in health care services and the health status of targeted patient groups ... 1 ... . The Institute of Medicine identifies six dimensions of health care quality that can be used

Symbiotic societies

State dermatology societies foster local insight, specialty unity, and collective power ... Feature ... By Ruth Carol, Contributing Writer, April 1, 2022 What do you get when you enable networking, advocacy, education, leadership development, and community volunteerism on a state level? A state dermatology society. ... "State societies provide a

Navigating the encounter when you suspect trafficking

The meaning of support should be determined by the patient him/her/their self given the severe coercion and manipulation that defines exploitation. In few other areas of medicine is trauma-informed care more critical than when interacting with this patient population. The dermatologist’s goal is not to obtain a disclosure about trafficking,

Vitiligo, autoimmunity, and cancer?

By Warren R. Heymann, MD May 3, 2017 Disorders associated with autoimmune thyroid disease: systemic lupus erythematosus (A), progressive systemic sclerosis (B), bullous pemphigoid (C), pemphigus vulgaris (D), urticaria (E), and vitiligo (F). ... Credit: ... JAAD While attending the pre-AAD pediatric dermatology seminar in Orlando, I received a call

What can dermatologists do to get appropriate coverage for serious skin conditions deemed cosmetic by payers?

Clinical Applications ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld . She interviews the author of a recent study each month. ... By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, August 1, 2023 In this month’s Clinical Applications column, Physician Editor Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, talks with John Barbieri, MD, MBA,

Genuine leaders will help keep our specialty strong.

From the President ... Dr. Desai is the Academy’s current president. ... By Seemal R. Desai, MD, FAAD, May 1, 2024 Dear members, ... I hope everyone has been enjoying their spring so far! As we look forward to warm summer weather, I’d like to fill you in on what

Impact Report — Summer 2021

Adapting. Whether it’s globally or in your office, you are adapting to your environment and managing change. We are adapting right there with you — consistently developing the resources and tools to help you adjust. The ... Impact Report looks at the big picture of the Academy. See how we

Impact Report — Vol 3, Issue 2

Seen, heard, valued. The AAD/A ... Impact Report isn’t just a chronicle of Academy wins for our members (although it is ... that, too), it’s an ongoing confirmation that we are listening to you, responding to your needs, and giving you the tools you require to grow in your profession.

Finding a diagnosis and treatment for severe blistering

After 17 months of painful blisters, Becky recovers from pemphigus vulgaris and thrives. ... Becky's story ... When I first started getting water blisters in my mouth, they would go away and come back so I thought they were canker sores. But soon I started developing blisters on my skin

Desquamative gingivitis: Sinking your teeth in miagnosis and management

By Warren R. Heymann, MD Jan. 7, 2017 Cycle of oral hygiene in desquamative gingivitis. ... Credit: ... JAAD Patients presenting with desquamative gingivitis (DG) are typically some of the most frustrated, aggravated patients I encounter. Frequently, they have not been adequately evaluated, are in pain, and are desperate for

Cryptic communications

What insurance outlier letters really mean. ... Feature ... By Ruth Carol, Contributing Writer, April 1, 2023 Being on the receiving end of an outlier letter may instill confusion, fear, anger, frustration, or all of the above. Although they are not new or uncommon, insurers have been sending them more

Protecting privacy

Physicians and other clinicians have both ethical and legal obligations to protect patient privacy. Patient privacy is protected both by state laws and by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Any physician that electronically transmits billing information in the U.S. must comply with HIPAA. ... Protecting patient

This month’s news from across the specialty

What’s hot ... July 1, 2023 In this monthly column, members of the  ... DermWorld Editorial Advisory Workgroup identify exciting news from across the specialty.   ... Mallory Abate, MD, FAAD Need a refresher on optimizing CPT coding and documentation? At this year’s AAD Annual Meeting lecture on Coding and

Oral minoxidil: A new use for an old drug?

Clinical Applications ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld . She interviews the author of a recent study each month. ... By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, September 1, 2021 In this month’s Clinical Applications column, Physician Editor Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, talks with Antonella Tosti, MD, about

Cash-only dermatology practice: The key to this dermatologist’s success

You have been practicing dermatology for decades. You have stayed up-to-date with the latest advances in the field. Every day, you come in dedicated to giving your patients the best care, but something is standing in the way — insurance companies. ... Madhavi Kandula, MD,  found herself in this position

It’s been six months! Here’s what the Academy has done for you…

From the President ... Dr. Kaufmann served as Academy president from March 2022 to March 2023. ... By Mark Kaufmann, MD, FAAD, September 1, 2022 It feels like just yesterday that more than 15,000 of us attended the 2022 AAD Annual Meeting in Boston, and it’s hard to believe that

November 3, 2021

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... IN THIS ISSUE / Nov. 3, 2021 ... Facial contact dermatitis from cosmetic allergens DermWorld Insights and Inquiries : Humbled again — Alopecic and aseptic nodules of the scalp Derm Coding Consult : Applying 2021

Media tips

The American Academy of Dermatology has developed these key messages to help you educate the public about the specialty. In addition to providing tips for media interviews, these key messages provide clear, consistent talking points on the skin, hair, and nail topics most commonly requested by the media. ... The

AccessDerm: Serving the underserved

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... With just a few minutes a day and a smartphone, dermatologists have the potential to make a significant impact in their community by using the Academy's volunteer teledermatology platform, ... AccessDerm . ... Dermatology World

OSHA Compliance Tool

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Beneficiary inducements: What's permissible?

Legally Speaking ... Alice G. Gosfield, Esq. is a health care attorney at Alice G. Gosfield and Associates, P.C. ... By Alice G. Gosfield, Esq., November 1, 2018 The anti-kickback statute with its criminal and civil penalties, fines, and exclusion options is incredibly broad. It implicates a wide range of

Long-term care planning

Money Matters ... David B. Snyder, JD, CLU ... ® ... , is an attorney, author, and financial advisor at the wealth management firm OJM Group. He covers financial issues for dermatologists in this quarterly ... Dermatology World column. ... By David B. Snyder, JD, CLU, March 1, 2019 What

This month’s news from across the specialty

What’s hot ... May 1, 2022 In this monthly column, members of the  ... DermWorld Editorial Advisory Workgroup identify exciting news from across the specialty.   ... Craig Burkhart, MD, MPH, MSBS, FAAD Prior authorization (PA) is purportedly designed to promote evidence-based care and prevent overuse of health services that

What to consider before selling your practice to a private-equity-backed group?

You’ve owned your dermatology practice for decades. You’ve treated hundreds of patients. You love your work and your ability to help people. ... But you are ready for a change, and want to shift more of your administrative and management duties to another source. ... If your practice is still

I attended AAD VMX. How do I claim my CME credits?

Asked and Answered ... May 1, 2021 CME credits can be claimed within the ... AAD VMX platform . ... Attendees can claim CME credits immediately after viewing a session or at a later date, but please note — on demand access to VMX will end on July 12, 2021.

I'm retiring and want to sell my practice. Does the Academy have any resources to help?

Asked and Answered ... July 1, 2019 Yes! We offer the following resources to assist AAD members who are considering closing their practices: ...  ... The AADA’s Practice Management Center breaks down: ... How to value your practice, with a detailed explanation of how to calculate EBITDA (Earnings Before

Intestinal obstruction of justice raises a question for dermatology residency applicants: Are you a real doctor?

By Warren R. Heymann, MD Jan. 19, 2019 Hon. George M. Heymann ... "Are you a real doctor?" ... Every dermatologist has been asked this question. ... Ask Sam (not his real name). Last summer, he and his wife came for their annual skin cancer examinations. Sam, an ordinarily jovial

Storytelling in advocacy

Ask the Expert ... By Victoria Houghton, Managing Editor, February 1, 2023 DermWorld ... spoke to Alex Gross, MD, FAAD, chair of the AADA State Policy Committee, about how to utilize personal stories with policymakers to make an advocacy impact. DermWorld: Tell us about your experience advocating on behalf of

Contract language review

Before signing an agreement with a payer, always request the full contract text, which is called the base agreement. Thoroughly review the contract’s terms before you sign so you can flag areas of concern and negotiate alternative language. Contract language can be negotiated at the same time as rates. ...

Choose between 2020 and 2021 E/M coding tools

Current E/M coding tool Use the Academy's current E/M coding tool to help you find the most appropriate code. ... 2020 E/M coding tool Use the Academy's 2020 E/M coding tool to help you find the most appropriate code. ... Help and Chat

July 22, 2020

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... IN THIS ISSUE / July 22, 2020 ... AK draft guidelines released: Submit your comments DW Insights and Inquiries : Why you should hear about the red ear syndrome Proposed 2021 Medicare changes: What should

Impact Report — Fall 2021

As we close out another successful year, the Academy is already looking ahead. Our work is not static or short term, but an enduring commitment to progress, built on the successes of the past, for each member and for dermatology at large. All our membership benefits and advocacy and patient

A note from the Editor: The expansion and transition of Derm Coding Consult (DCC)

As you know, the practice of medicine is undergo-ing major changes. One of the Academy’s goals is to keep members up to date with relevant and current information that promotes optimal day-to-day practice operations. The Academy has published and mailed Derm Coding Consult (DCC) to every U.S. member on a

Educating our public — You helped us tell the public why they should #ChooseADermatologist

In the fall of last year, we launched our #ChooseADermatologist campaign, which gave you access to resources and tools to share with patients on your social media channels. By showing your patients and the public why you are the skin, hair, and nail experts, you educated the public one post

Surviving an audit

Surviving an audit: In a nutshell ... Performing internal audits can help you catch mistakes early on, identify possible problem areas, and help avoid future errors. ... You can take steps to make sure that audits go smoothly. ... Audits can be overwhelming for several reasons. In addition to the

Compounding toolkit

Can you compound or prescribe it? ... Answer a few questions below to determine whether the type of compounding you are performing is in compliance with Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and how to access the drug product if it cannot be compounded in your office. ... Are you

Location codes

Location: In a nutshell ... For some procedures, there are different codes for specific anatomical regions. ... There are site-specific biopsy and destruction codes available, and these codes should be reported as long as the coding criteria and guidelines are met. ... You need to pay close attention to where

Why does COVID-19 result in multisystem inflammatory syndrome in some children and adolescents?

Clinical Applications ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld . She interviews the author of a recent study each month. ... By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, December 1, 2020 In this month’s Clinical Applications column, Physician Editor Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, talks with Adrienne Randolph, MD, MS, about her

AAD Career Launch Boot Camp: On-Demand

Learn the ins and outs of building a career in dermatology from those who have been there before. This on-demand course will cover approaches to avoid burnout, navigating employment contracts, and climbing towards leadership. ... Career Launch Boot Camp will provide you with practical information and the tools to be

What are the financial and treatment access burdens associated with atopic dermatitis comorbidities?

Clinical Applications ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld . She interviews the author of a recent study each month. ... By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, February 1, 2024 In this month’s Clinical Applications column, DermWorld ... Physician Editor Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, talks with Wendy Smith

On the front lines in Boston

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... DW Weekly talks with Sarita Nori, MD, a dermatologist at Atrius Health in Somerville, Massachusetts, about how she has been caring for patients on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. DW Weekly : You

It's time for a CLIA refresher!

In Practice ... Faiza Wasif, MPH, is the AAD's practice management manager. Her column offers tips on an area she commonly receives questions about from members. ... By Faiza Wasif, MPH, August 1, 2019 What comes to mind when you hear CLIA? Probably that it’s just another burdensome federal regulation

This month's news from across the specialty

What's hot ... September 1, 2021 In this monthly column, members of the  ... DermWorld Editorial Advisory Workgroup identify exciting news from across the specialty.   ... Bryan Carroll, MD, PhD, FAAD The parable of the blind men and the elephant speaks to the limitations of an individual’s perception in

Promote the specialty

Promote your practice: Resources for you Get tips on how to promote your practice on social and traditional media, and download the AAD Fellow logo to promote your association with the Academy. ... Your Dermatologist Knows Your Dermatologist Knows is a new consumer positioning strategy that reimagines the AAD’s public

AAD Teledermatology Program stories

The AAD Teledermatology Program provides dermatologic expertise to underserved populations through telemedicine. ... Learn more about the impact of this volunteer program by reading the stories below. ... Giving back provides joy and purpose Karolyn Wanat, MD, FAAD, loves that she can volunteer using telemedicine. ... AAD teledermatology program helps

Prurigo pigmentosa as the “keto rash”: I’m a believer

By Warren R. Heymann, MD February 5, 2020 Vol. 2, No. 5 Patients are attuned to their diets — healthy, unhealthy, or trendy. Unquestionably, certain foods exacerbate specific dermatoses — just ask any dermatitis herpetiformis patient how they fare with a slice of Sicilian pizza. More often the situation is

Resistance is futile.

From the Editor ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld. By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, June 1, 2024 Perhaps, if one is fighting the Borg. (If you don’t understand the reference, my apologies, but you are truly missing out.) Hopefully, we still have a chance to fight

Impact Report — Vol 3, Issue 2

Seen, heard, valued. It all adds up. Whether it’s advocating for you on the Hill, supplementing our coding resources, positioning the specialty, or enhancing and adding to your member benefits, it all builds something bigger and stronger for dermatology. ... Read about our most current advocacy efforts, specialty positioning initiatives,

2024 Innovation Academy: Childcare

Give your children a safe, secure, entertaining, and educational experience in Seattle! ... Little Learners Childcare ... We know it’s summer and you may be blending education and family time, so we are pleased to offer childcare services at 2024 AAD Innovation Academy in Seattle. Our Little Learners childcare service

Negotiation tips

How to negotiate a contract like a pro ... You’ve made it through the hard parts. You have the knowledge, skills, and now the official opportunity to treat patients. But there’s one little thing standing in your way: The contract. ... Actually, it’s not so little. ... A contract does

From the editor

From the Editor ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld. By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, June 1, 2018 There's a horse in the waiting room and your patient is convinced the blisters on his arm resulted from a run-in with a 15-foot weed. It must be summer. ...

Impact Report

The power of AAD comes from you, our members ... In our Impact Report you can see your membership dues at work and in action, enhancing the specialty: advocating for you, educating for you, innovating for you. ... Our power is enhanced by the diverse voices of many, so we

What strategies can help manage pain in HS patients?

Clinical Applications ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld . She interviews the author of a recent study each month. ... By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, November 1, 2021 In this month’s Clinical Applications column, Physician Editor Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, talks with Lauren A. V. Orenstein,

January 16

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... IN THIS ISSUE / January 16, 2019 ... Isotretinoin may change bacteria levels on skin of acne patients We want your feedback: Psoriasis draft guidelines Cochrane collection gathers new diagnostic test accuracy reviews for skin

In the Know

CMS/NCCI Workgroup Announces July 2019 Changes to Procedure to Procedure (PTP) Edits ... Have you noticed any issues to your claims processing reported with modifiers lately? ... That is because effective January 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) implemented unexpected changes

Your AAD membership includes our CPD Transcript Program

We made it easier for you: AAD’s online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Transcript Program tracks credits claimed in AAD CME-certified educational activities, Continuing Certification points, or credits for participation in American Board of Dermatology approved activities, and the ability to self-report participation in other educational activities. ... What this means

Diversifying the specialty can result in high quality access to dermatologic care

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... Diversifying the specialty can result in high-quality access to dermatologic care Providing access to dermatologic care continues to present challenges in dermatology with demand for services outstripping supply in many locations nationwide. As such, access

In these trying times, your Academy is here for you

From the President ... Dr. Thiers served as Academy president from March 2020 to March 2021. ... By Bruce Thiers, MD, May 1, 2020 I had originally planned to write this column about all the opportunities, programs, and resources that your Academy has to offer. In my first ... DW

Support international grant

Dermatology care is global and the need is vital. Our members are making an impact in Botswana, Cambodia, and around the world. Take that journey with us. Support or volunteer today. ... Donate to support programs that help ensure the future of the specialty such as international grants Learn more

Advocating for you — We prevented Medicare cuts in 2022

In 2021, the specialty was facing Medicare payment cuts of up to 10% due to the policy changes with the evaluation and management (E/M) codes, sequestration, and the budget rules associated with the Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010. The AADA focused on averting the steep cuts — looking for long-term solutions

Charlottesville, Anzio beachhead, eponyms, and Roger Maris

By Warren R. Heymann, MD Aug. 18, 2017 I never anticipated the need to write this commentary on our vacation to celebrate our 35th anniversary. We had long planned visiting Anzio, where my late father-in-law, Louis Schnur, fought valiantly on the beachhead in the army artillery unit. He suffered from

April 11

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... IN THIS ISSUE / APRIL 11, 2018 ... How did you fare with MIPS? Take a look. Help wanted: AAD Pruritus Measure Testing Project Indoor tanning bed users not getting screened What is the economic

November 14

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... IN THIS ISSUE / November 14, 2018 ... 2019 Fee Schedule – You asked. DWW answers. November Patient Care Hero: Jessica Burgy, MD Are you smarter than DataDerm™? CMS conducting new survey on post-op visits

8 tips to help optimize financial efficiency in your practice

Answers in Practice ... By Faiza Wasif, MPH, manager, practice management, February 1, 2020 Financial efficiency is desirable to all practices no matter the size or practice model. There are several steps you can take to ensure that your practice is not only financially compliant, but also financially successful. ...

Support resident education grants

The future is here. Our up-and-coming residents need your support to further their education for the care of tomorrow’s patients. Support of Resident Education will make that happen. Act now. ... Donate to support programs that help ensure the future of the specialty such as Resident Education Grants Learn more

Member benefits — Smarter, not harder: your new AAD Learning Center

We recently gave the ... AAD Learning Center a facelift and you’ve been reporting an improved and enhanced learning experience. ... Members can see new and relevant content like the Skin of Color Curriculum, the Biologics for Psoriasis course, Hands-on at Home, and the Career Launch Bootcamp Collection. Plus, your

December 16, 2020

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... IN THIS ISSUE / Dec. 16, 2020 ... What are risk factors for frontal fibrosing alopecia? DermWorld Insights and Inquiries : We’re in hot water! Vibrio vulnificus infections are heading north. Vaccine distribution begins: When

Best of DermWorld Insights and Inquiries

Dec. 27, 2023 We know how much you enjoy Dr. Heymann and the editorial board’s weekly analyses of dermatologic literature, so we’ve created a list of the top 10 most popular issues in 2023 — starting with the most popular issue of the year. ... 1. After 23 years, a

HIPAA Compliance Tool

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State society resources

Welcome to your hub for everything related to leading an effective state society. The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) is working to deliver all the information and resources state societies need to stay connected to one another and the Academy, and advocate for the specialty.  ... Below, you'll find

MIPS and its Impact on Coding & Documentation On-Demand Webinar

Designed for you and your office staff to attend together, this webinar will provide guidance on optimizing

Learning to be bold

Twelve-year-old Silas DeHaven, from DeWitt, Iowa, enjoyed his fourth year at Camp Discovery. Silas's story ... Since he was 8 years old, Silas has enjoyed attending Camp Discovery every year. ... My name is Silas, and I like going to Camp Discovery. It’s nice to see other kids like me,

Disaster strikes. Are you prepared?

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... Experts offer advice on emergency preparedness planning. ... Experts offer advice on emergency preparedness planning. ... By Allison Evans, assistant managing editor “We went through hell after Hurricane Katrina. It was pandemonium. Talk about getting caught without any

From the editor

From the Editor ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld. By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, August 1, 2018 Don't miss this edition of ... Dermatology World . Summer is almost over and, hopefully, you are taking a little time for yourselves and family before the long days start

Coronavirus – Frequently Asked Media Questions

Talking points for members ... 1. How do you keep your hands from getting dry, given how often you have to wash them? What hand lotion do you use? After washing your hands, apply a petrolatum/mineral oil-based cream that is fragrance and dye free. Ointments and creams — the ones

How to prevent razor bumps

Tips from board-certified dermatologists ROSEMONT, Ill. (October 4, 2022) — There are many ways to get rid of unwanted facial and body hair, but shaving with a razor is one of the most common and inexpensive methods. Unfortunately, using a razor sometimes can lead to razor bumps, also called shaving

Why we love the Academy.

From the President ... Dr. Cronin served as Academy president from March 2023 to March 2024. ... By Terrence A. Cronin Jr., MD, FAAD, February 1, 2024 We have reached the final full month of the greatest honor of my career: serving you as Academy President. It’s fitting that it

Vitiligo or vitiligo-like lesions and PD1-inhibitors: Which is right?

By Warren R. Heymann, MD June 1, 2017 The following is a well-known staple of Jewish humor. I’ve heard it thousands of times, but it always makes me smile: ... In a small town in Russia, people brought their complaints to the Rabbi to settle their differences. One man purchased

AADA advocates for innovative teledermatology policies and programs

While 85 million Americans are impacted by skin disease, only 1 in 3 patients will see a dermatologist. The Academy believes that teledermatology is a powerful tool for increasing patient access to needed dermatologic care. ... The Academy advocates for innovative teledermatology policies and programs that increase access to care

Providing meaningful benefits — Coding

We went into detail on the new coding rules ... When the new E/M coding rules debuted in January, you flocked to ... www.aad.org/coding for help figuring out the right code for every encounter. We had a lot of resources waiting there for you — but you made it clear

Putting muscle into isotretinoin laboratory testing isn’t chopped liver!

By Danielle M. DeHoratius, MD August 14, 2019 Vol. 1, No. 23 When I first became interested in dermatology during medical school, I started shadowing dermatologists. When prescribing isotretinoin all the physicians needed was a small yellow sticker. They could give patients months of medication at a time. I am

Topical tacrolimus topics

By Warren R. Heymann, MD August 26, 2020 Vol. 2, No. 34 What were you doing in 2000? Worrying about counting chads in Florida? If you were a dermatologist, you were probably eagerly awaiting the release of topical tacrolimus (Protopic) and pimecrolimus (Elidel) two years later. These topical calcineurin inhibitors

Being homeless

From the Editor ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld. By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, July 1, 2021 It is truly hard for me to imagine, and yet every day I drive by a growing number of thrown-together blue tarps and tents that pass for homes. The comfort

What is Life Membership?

Asked and Answered ... October 1, 2022 Life Membership is a category of AAD membership. Life Members are no longer required to pay dues but retain the benefits of their previous membership category. ... What are the requirements? ... The Life Membership category is open to all Academy members who

What is the AAD Fellow (FAAD) designation and why should I use it?

Asked and Answered ... December 1, 2020 In a health care environment where non-clinician physicians and others claim to be "skin experts," it is increasingly important to make sure dermatology patients and the public know the profound difference in the advanced training that dermatologists receive. Use the new AAD Fellow

September

Issue ... September January February March April May June July August September October November December View digital flipbook In this issue ... From the Editor ... What did you do during the COVID-19 epidemic, Mom? What's hot ... This month's news from across the specialty Clinical Applications ... How can

What's new in pediatric dermatology?

Experts break down diagnoses you didn't know about 10 years ago ... Feature ... By Emily Margosian, Assistant Editor, April 1, 2022 The world looked different in 2012, particularly in the world of medicine. Among the many changes of the last decade, new diagnoses have emerged within the field of

Advocating for you — Removing barriers to medications

The health care system is often unpredictable but still demands the best patient care at the right time. You collaborated with us to quickly address policy changes affecting claims and formularies. ... When Anthem and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield announced a formulary change that excluded ixekizumab (Taltz), you brought

We’ve gotta recognize GATA2 deficiency

Cutaneous findings in GATA2 deficiency. (A) Extensive human papillomavirus infection with vulvar and anal intraepithelial neoplasia, (B) cutaneous mycobacterial infection, and (C) erythema nodosum–like panniculitis in a 40-year-old woman with GATA2 deficiency. ... Credit: ... JAAD By Warren R. Heymann, MD Dec. 26, 2018 I’ll begin with my conclusion —

Choose between current E/M and 2020 coding sets

Current E/M coding guidelines Understand how to use the coding guidelines for the E/M services you provide. Learn about the elements of Medical Decision Making and how to calculate time when selecting the level of service for the encounter. ... 2020 E/M coding Learn best practices for assessing a patient’s

What is the role of sentinel lymph node biopsy for primary cSCC of the head and neck?

Clinical Applications ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld . She interviews the author of a recent study each month. ... By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, September 1, 2022 In this month’s Clinical Applications column, Physician Editor Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, talks with Christian L. Baum, MD,

Beyond dermoscopy

Emergent technologies enhance imaging, target rare diseases. ... Feature ... By Jan Bowers, Contributing Writer, August 1, 2023 Dermoscopy has arrived. "While there are established practicing dermatologists who are not using it, it’s integrated across the residency programs," said Ashfaq A. Marghoob, MD, FAAD, attending physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering

Mogamulizumab for CTCL: Targeted therapy and immunotherapy crossing paths

By Ellen Kim , MD August 12, 2020 Vol. 2, No. 32 Preserving the host-immune system for as long as possible has been one of the guiding principles for me in treating patients with mycosis fungoides/Sezary Syndrome (MF/SS) subtypes of CTCL. As a CTCL clinical trial researcher, it has been

Turning a blind eye on second opinions

By Warren R. Heymann, MD, FAAD June 21, 2023 Vol. 5, No. 25 Whenever I encounter patients who ask for, or are being seen for, second opinions, I silently chuckle at Henny Youngman’s timeless one-liner about the subject (you can Google it). The fact is that second opinions are no

Giving back is good for the soul

From the Editor ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld. By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, September 1, 2022 Many of our colleagues donate time to charitable or humanitarian causes. Some work close to home, others reach out to help those in need in more distant areas. I

Haven’t we all felt it?

From the Editor ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld. By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, September 1, 2023 Imposter syndrome. Those pervasive feelings of inadequacy that sneak up on you, convincing you somehow that everyone in the room is better than you. Surely, they made a mistake

Behind the lens

In Practice ... Alan Gardner, MD, is a dermatologist in Marietta, Georgia. ... By Emily Margosian, assistant editor, February 1, 2019 Picking up photography was a natural fit for a dermatologist, says Alan Gardner, MD, of Marietta, Georgia. "I like beauty; I like seeing things," he explains. "It’s what I

What's new in dermatology?

Experts break down diagnoses you didn't know about 10 years ago ... Feature ... By Emily Margosian, Assistant Editor, March 1, 2022 The history of medical diagnosis traces back to ancient Egypt, where the first recorded examples can be found in the writings of Imhotep dating 2630–2611 BC. In the

May

Issue ... May January February March April May June July August September October November December View digital flipbook In this issue ... From the Editor ... From the editor Asked and Answered ... How do I claim CME credits from the Annual Meeting? What's hot ... What's hot? Acta Eruditorum

From the editor

From the Editor ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld. By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, September 3, 2018 I have learned many new things from the past few editors of ... Dermatology World . This edition is no exception. I know much more about microneedling than I did

Hairdressers’ dermatologic odyssey: From dye to death prevention

... By Warren R. Heymann, MD Dec. 18, 2017 My younger daughter Deborah was destined to be a hair stylist. When she was a camper in the Poconos, I received an urgent call from the staff about her. Assuming the worst, my heart palpitating in fear, all I could

New insights on propranolol for hemangiomas

Clinical Applications ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld . She interviews the author of a recent study each month. ... By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, March 1, 2020 In this month’s Clinical Applications column, Physician Editor Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, talks with Jack L. Arbiser, MD, PhD, about

2024 Annual Meeting: Donor Lounge

The AAD Donor Lounge is located in Room 15B in the Convention Center. The lounge will be open Friday, March 8 through Monday, March 11 during the hours listed below. Stop by and take advantage of a place to relax during the meeting, enjoy coffee or a bite, and learn

Digital media kit: DermWorld print advertising

DermWorld content matters ... DermWorld provides unmatched coverage of dermatology practice issues and goes beyond the news to provide analysis and valued interpretation of what issues mean to dermatologists and their practice. We are the  ... voice of dermatologists , mailing to all AAD members in the United States. ...

AADA Health System Reform Principles

(Approved by the AADA Board of Directors, 2009)(Revised and Approved by the AADA Board of Directors, 2020) The American Academy of Dermatology Association established these principles to guide physician leadership in taking policy positions and advocating for health system reform. At the root of these guiding principles is the need

(Un)Equal care for all?

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... As physician bias creates care disparities, what can dermatologists do to balance the scales? ... As physician bias creates care disparities, what can dermatologists do to balance the scales? ... By Emily Margosian, assistant editor "Of all forms

Billing Mohs procedures? Get in the Know with New Rules and Guidelines On-Demand Webinar

Get in the Know with New Rules and Guidelines On-Demand Webinar Designed for dermatologists, practice

Established Advocacy Grant

States that qualify for the Established State Advocacy Grant have received more than two AADA advocacy grant awards and already have a robust advocacy program, but need extra financial support from the AADA to support their advocacy efforts. ... Applicants for the Established State Advocacy Grant are encouraged to focus

Leadership story by Kelly M. Cordoro, MD, FAAD

Leadership Development Steering Committee chair Kelly M. Cordoro, MD, FAAD, finds it an incredible privilege to strengthen and expand the programs and offerings of the Leadership Institute. Dr. Cordoro’s story ... Kelly M. Cordoro, MD, FAAD, chair of the AAD’s Leadership Development Steering Committee. ... Leadership training has influenced every

Member benefits — Asked and answered: Serving as your support lifeline

No question is too tough, and no question goes unanswered when the mighty AAD Member Resource Center (MRC) team is on the job. ... Their main objective is to provide AAD members with high-quality service and solutions. As you might imagine, they had a particularly busy year in 2021, but

Advocating for you — Step Therapy Reform

Step therapy reform making a difference for the way you practice ... Too often, step therapy protocols interfere with patient care and create unwanted burden on dermatology practices. Treatment decisions should be made between you and your patient, resting clinical authority in your hands. ... We’re advocating on behalf of

Estate planning 101

Experts offer tips on what to do and when to do it. ... Feature ... By Ruth Carol, Contributing Writer, March 1, 2023 They are two of the most difficult decisions to make: who should be your child’s guardian and who should get your assets if something happens to you.

Community outreach toolkit: Skin cancer screening program

What is this program? ... The AAD's SPOT Skin Cancer™ Screening Program is an opportunity for states to promote members as the leading experts in skin cancer detection and treatment. All screening materials are provided complimentary to AAD members as well as support and guidance on planning the event, media,

Educating the public — AAD launches Darker Skin Tones Hub

Dermatologists know that a "one-size-fits-all" approach is not an effective way to treat conditions affecting skin, hair, and nails. In particular, some skin diseases present differently or more frequently in people with darker skin tones, which could also require different treatment regimens. ... The American Academy of Dermatology launched the

An appetite for healthy skin

Can diet affect dermatologic health? Experts weigh in on the evidence. ... Feature ... By Emily Margosian, assistant editor, November 1, 2020 You are what you eat — more than just a mantra, the phrase encapsulates a growing public desire for food-based solutions to targeted health outcomes. However, mixed media

Appropriate use of modifier 59

Modifier 59: In a nutshell ... Modifier 59 is used when you perform two or more distinct procedures in one visit. ... It is one of the most misused modifiers and can result in not getting paid for your services. ... You should only use modifier 59 if no other

When it comes to skin health, does diet make a difference?

CHICAGO (July 26, 2018) —  Patients with skin concerns should talk to a board-certified dermatologist before changing their eating habits They say you are what you eat, but it’s not quite that simple when it comes to healthy skin. ... "People looking to improve their skin health may think that

On the shelf

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... What is keeping biosimilars out of reach and when will they be available? ... What is keeping biosimilars out of reach and when will they be available? ... By Allison Evans, assistant managing editor Over the last few

Impact Report — Summer 2022

Hello, members! It’s time once again for the Academy’s Impact Report to reveal its latest advocacy and patient education activities and remind you of your meaningful member benefits. ... Read the latest on how we are advocating for you on Capitol Hill and state houses to protect your patients and

Hands-On: Cosmetics

Innovative. Interactive. Hands On. ... November 9-10, 2024 Dallas, TX The Adolphus, Autograph Collection Join us this Fall at the AAD’s popular Hands-On: Cosmetics course! This live event is where you’ll come to practice injection techniques alongside our expert faculty in a risk-free environment. It's a chance to ask questions

Practice merger

You’ve spent years building your dermatology practice, and you consider it one of your most rewarding accomplishments. Now, you’re ready to retire. And you’re wondering how, when, and where to sell. Perhaps most importantly, you are wondering how to set the right price. ... Business valuation is both an art

Donor Spotlight: Grizzly bears, African summits, and other joys

Celebrating a decade of AAD’s Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™ with its founder ... Donor Spotlight ... By Dean Monti, Managing Editor, Special Publications, May 1, 2024 In this new column, DermWorld ... highlights individual members who have gone above and beyond with their Academy contributions. This year marks the

Young Physician Focus: April 2023

Workplace ethos is of paramount importance ... By Bridget McIlwee, DO, FAAD,  ... DermWorld  young physician advisor ... Since the COVID pandemic, it seems to me that businesses in nearly every sector of the economy are desperate for employees. It also seems that medicine is no exception. I am a

What is the minimum I need to report to meet the MIPS threshold in 2019?

Asked and Answered ... February 1, 2019 If you or your practice must participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for 2019 and want to simply avoid the ... 7% penalty (penalty applied in 2021), the ... minimum score to avoid the penalty is 30 points — up from

Educating the public — Together, we are telling the public why they should #ChooseADermatologist

No one can champion the specialty like you can ... In September, thousands of Academy members joined us for a new campaign on our social media channels to share a unified message with the public about the value of choosing a board-certified dermatologist. Each month, the Academy will provide a

Lichenoid and granulomatous dermatitis: Points to ponder

By Kiran Motaparthi, MD June 10, 2020 Vol. 2, No. 23 Clinical-pathologic correlation is the foundation of dermatologic diagnosis; often this is straightforward, but on occasion, getting to the precise diagnosis requires great thought and sleuthing. If you receive a report from your dermatopathologist with a descriptive diagnosis of "lichenoid

Giving dermatology a boost

From the President ... Dr. Desai is the Academy’s current president. ... By Seemal R. Desai, MD, FAAD, June 1, 2024 Dear members, ... With Skin Cancer Awareness Month wrapping up and summer starting soon, I think this is a perfect time to reflect on our role as dermatologists, and

Education

Changing the narrative ... Read about the Academy's commitment to be a member-centric, listening organization that embraces diversity. ... The AAD and member-centricity What's your take? ... What do you think about our commitment to member-centricity? ... Share Your Perspective Return to main page Return to the main page to

Education

Changing the narrative ... Learn how the AADA's advocacy efforts impact individual dermatologists and the specialty. ... The AADA and advocacy What's your take? ... What do you think about our commitment to advocating for dermatology? ... Share Your Perspective Return to main page Return to the main page to

Pharmaceutical access and affordability

Patients should have access to the medications they need without burdensome costs. That’s why a comprehensive solution across the drug supply chain is needed to preserve access and address rising drug costs. ... Dermatologists are committed to providing the most effective and cost-efficient care and pharmaceutical therapies to their patients.

Education

Changing the narrative ... Learn how the Academy is innovating to better deliver educational services and help dermatologists use technology in practice. ... The AAD and innovation What's your take? ... What do you think about our commitment to innovation? ... Share Your Perspective Return to main page Return to

What teledermatology can add to your practice

COVID-19 Public Health Emergency ... Teledermatology requirements have been relaxed by the federal government during the COVID-19 PHE. Please see the Academy's ... COVID-19 teledermatology resources for the latest information. ... Maybe you’re considering adding on hours to your practice, but don’t necessarily want to add on "hard" hours. Or

Helping kids be carefree

Tatyana Fonseca is a longtime volunteer who keeps coming back. Tatyana’s story ... My name is Tatyana and I got involved with Camp Discovery in 2015. I was initially intended to be a camper in 2014, but as a teenager who underestimated the importance of deadlines, I ended up joining

Education

Changing the narrative ... Learn more about how the Academy is becoming the gold standard in dermatology continuing education. ... The AAD and education What's your take? ... What do you think about our commitment to gold-standard education? ... Share Your Perspective Return to main page Return to the main

The rosy reality of coffee

Ronnie and me enjoying our rosacea prevention tour of Madrid in 2012 ... By Warren R. Heymann, MD Nov. 5, 2018 To paraphrase Justice Kavanaugh, I loved coffee. I still love coffee. I have probably been drinking coffee since my time in utero. My mother was a coffee addict; she

An incisive approach to chronic paronychia: The square flap technique

By Warren R. Heymann, MD Aug. 2, 2016 I cannot begin to guess how many patients I have seen with chronic paronychia (CP) since I started my residency 36 years ago. I know precisely how many patients I have referred for surgical correction of CP — zero! The reason for

2020 CPT Coding Updates

For 2020, the CPT code set has multiple changes. Although most of the changes do not specifically affect dermatology, there are notable changes that members need to be aware of starting on January 1, 2020. ... Non-Face-to-Face-Services: Telephone Services ... CPT code 99444 has been deleted and in its place,

Modifier 24

Modifier 24: In a nutshell ... Used to report an E/M service performed during, but unrelated to the postoperative period of the previous procedure by the same physician. ... It’s important to know the ins and outs of this frequently used modifier. Not reporting or misusing modifier 24 can result

Journal of Investigative Dermatology

Cutting giant congenital nevi down to size molecularly I never wanted chaperones — until now An acne vaccine to make patients happy CAMPers? The rosy reality of coffee Aha! The iodide paradox now makes sense! A future therapeutic Harlequin Romance? A string of (clinical) pearls about drug-induced linear IgA disease

Real-time patient data transforms the practice and improves care

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... Data-driven transformation of care , one of five strategic goals under the Academy's ... 2019 S trategic Plan , emphasizes the Academy’s role in helping dermatologists improve patient care through the collection and transfer of

Getting down to brass tacks

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... Dermatology World unlocks the basics of physician entrepreneurship ... Dermatology World unlocks the basics of physician entrepreneurship ... By Ruth Carol, contributing writer Inspired by your entrepreneurial colleagues who were featured in the August issue of ... Dermatology

Interoperability and patient access

What is information blocking and must I comply? ... Dermatologists must comply with new government rules on information blocking. Information blocking can be defined as preventing the proper flow of digital health information between providers and patients. HHS expects dermatologists to implement and use interoperable, patient-accessible technology. ... However, the

Tag, you’re it!

By Warren R. Heymann, MD, FAAD Sept. 28, 2022 Vol. 4, No. 39 Chances are you will see a patient with skin tags today. ... Patients will likely ask you two questions: Why do I get them? What do you mean my insurance won’t cover their removal (for asymptomatic lesions)?

September

Issue ... September January February March April May June July August September October November December View digital flipbook In this issue ... From the Editor ... From the editor What's hot ... What's hot? Cracking the Code ... Evaluation and management: Selecting the codes Acta Eruditorum ... The case for

It’s a leap year!

From the Editor ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld. By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, February 1, 2020 Forget what you were taught in school; a year really isn’t 365 days long. It’s closer to 365.24 days. This is, of course, why we add an extra day to

Optimizing the dermatologist-patient encounter

By Warren R. Heymann, MD, FAAD Oct. 5, 2022 Vol. 4, No. 40 My celebration of the USA bicentennial on July 4, 1976, was a glorious affair. I had taken my first plane flight at age 21 to visit Boston, culminating with Arthur Fieldler and the Boston Pops performing Tchaikovsky’s

June

Issue ... June January February March April May June July August September October November December View digital flipbook In this issue ... From the Editor ... I remember my first What's hot ... This month's news from across the specialty Clinical Applications ... What challenges and barriers exist when patch

November

Issue ... November January February March April May June July August September October November December View digital flipbook In this issue ... From the Editor ... So, what's a Kodachrome? What's hot ... This month's news from across the specialty Clinical Applications ... When is pyoderma gangrenosum not pyoderma gangrenosum?

Malassezia folliculitis: Simultaneously seen and invisible

By Warren R. Heymann, MD March 19, 2018 Cellophane, Mister Cellophane ... Should have been my name, Mister Cellophane ... ‘Cause you can look right through me ... Walk right by me and never know I’m there ... If a rash could commiserate with Amos, the accused murderess Roxie Hart’s

The burden of proof

In Practice ... Dr. Elston, who serves as director of the Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology in New York, has served on the AMA-CPT Advisory Committee. ... By Victoria Houghton, assistant managing editor, January 1, 2018 Dermatology World: When it comes to managing coverage denials and/or prior-authorization requests, what value does

Good advice?

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... What is the USPSTF and what do its skin cancer counseling recommendations mean for the specialty and its patients? ... What is the USPSTF and what do its skin cancer counseling recommendations mean for the specialty and its

August

Issue ... August January February March April May June July August September October November December View digital flipbook In this issue ... From the Editor ... From the editor What's hot ... What's hot? Clinical Applications ... Guidelines for the management of hidradenitis suppurativa Feature ... Disaster strikes. Are you

Pets are amazing creatures

From the Editor ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld. By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, December 1, 2022 Except, of course, when they are not. My dear husband understands that while I adore him, there is a very special place in my heart for our four-legged family

I plan to retire at the end of this year. Does the AAD offer a discounted membership option?

Asked and Answered ... June 1, 2024 If you are currently retired, or plan to retire later this year or the first half of next year, you may be eligible for Life Membership. ... Life Membership is a category of AAD membership. Life Members are no longer required to pay

April

Issue ... April January February March April May June July August September October November December View digital flipbook In this issue ... From the Editor ... The telltale plastic bag of flakes What's hot ... This month's news from across the specialty Clinical Applications ... Melanoma of the head and

June

Issue ... June January February March April May June July August September October November December View digital flipbook In this issue ... From the Editor ... From the editor What's hot ... What's hot? Clinical Applications ... Using gene expression profiling to identify risk of melanoma metastasis Feature ... Private

Another mastocytosis surprise: IgM on DIF in bullous mastocytosis

By Warren R. Heymann, MD ... May 2, 2016 ... If I read my horoscope this week, it would no doubt say "Beware of any preconceived notions in your patients with mastocytosis." ... Now that I have expanded my horizons about TMEP, I also need to reconsider the notion that

Find truth-in-advertising legislation in your state

Click on the map below to access truth-in-advertising legislation in your state. The Academy's position on physician-led care ... The Academy strongly supports the physician-led, team-based model of health care delivery and recognizes the vital role all providers play in the health care delivery system. However, ambiguous provider nomenclature, misleading

Most days, Dermatology World is a very happy place.

From the Editor ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld. By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, July 1, 2020 And why shouldn’t it be? After all, we in dermatology have what most of us feel certain is the best, most fascinating, and most rewarding medical career. We are privileged

Battling bugs...that aren't there

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... Dermatologists embrace empathy, antipsychotics to help patients with psychocutaneous disease ... Dermatologists embrace empathy, antipsychotics to help patients with psychocutaneous disease ... By Jan Bowers, contributing writer Dermatologists are well equipped to diagnose and treat all manner of

Thinking about seborrheic keratoses: A rare event

By Warren R. Heymann, MD June 9, 2017 Clinical images of squamous cell carcinoma arising in seborrheic keratosis (SCC-SK). A, Invasive SCC-SK on forehead of a man aged 69 years. B, In situ SCC-SK from a pigmented keratosis on the back of a man aged 73 years. C, In situ

Stepping up

Academy’s leadership programs position dermatologists for success ... Feature ... By Ruth Carol, Contributing Writer, June 1, 2022 Are you unsure of the direction you want your career to go? Could you use help navigating the world of academia? Do you want to hone your leadership and communication skills? If

You suspect a colleague is committing health care fraud. What next?

Legally Speaking ... Robert M. Portman, JD, MPP, is a health care attorney with Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, in Washington, DC, and serves as legal counsel for the AAD and AADA. ... By Christina L. Krysinski, JD, and Robert M. Portman, JD, May 1, 2019 Fraudulent billing practices cause

2024 Annual Meeting: AAD Resource Center

AAD Resource Center Booth 739 Located in the Exhibit Hall Resource Center Hours ... Date ... Time ... Friday, March 8 ... 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ... Saturday, March 9 ... 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ... Sunday, March 10 ... 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. ... We're glad

DermWorld

DermWorld : Your go-to source for navigating practice, policy, and patient care ... This year, we asked hundreds of members what they thought about the Academy’s flagship publication, ... DermWorld , and the results are in. Here are the highlights: ... Credibility of content, quality of writing = ... 92%

Business valuation: How much is my practice worth?

You’ve spent years building your dermatology practice, and you consider it one of your most rewarding accomplishments. Now, you’re ready to retire. And you’re wondering how, when, and where to sell. Perhaps most importantly, you're wondering how to set the right price. ... Business valuation is both an art and

Lidocaine shortage

Ask the Expert ... By Victoria Houghton, Managing Editor, January 1, 2023 DermWorld ... spoke to Eric Millican, MD, FAAD, chair of the AADA Regulatory Policy Committee and Drug Shortage Workgroup, about the AADA’s advocacy efforts on the lidocaine and lidocaine with epinephrine shortage. DermWorld: Dermatologists are currently struggling to

Eruptive pseudoangiomatosis is real

By Warren R. Heymann, MD, FAAD May 4, 2022 Vol. 4, No. 18 The term "pseudo" (defined as false, fake, or unreal) is used liberally in dermatology, much to the chagrin of students of the discipline and non-dermatologists. There are dozens of examples (pseudofolliculitis barbae, pseudo-Kaposi sarcoma, pseudolymphoma, etc. —

New and improved Find a Dermatologist, Member directory, and account page

Feedback from members indicated that their experience using the Member directory, Find a Dermatologist, and their account page was complicated and confusing. As a result, all three sections have received a facelift. Starting Nov. 1, 2023, the enhancements help streamline information and simplify tasks to make it quicker, cleaner, and

A call to action on Medicare reform

From the President ... Dr. Cronin served as Academy president from March 2023 to March 2024. ... By Terrence A. Cronin Jr., MD, FAAD, May 1, 2023 In 1938, a small group of 17 dermatologists founded the American Academy of Dermatologyto advance our clinical practice and education,all with the goal

From the editor

From the Editor ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld. By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, July 1, 2019 Happy New Year! Those of us in academic medicine run on a somewhat different calendar than does the rest of the world. We fondly say our goodbyes to our graduating

Finding the right type of small dermatology group practice: From an expert

An interview with Danette D. Bentley, MD Dermatologist, Pure Dermatology and Aesthetics What made you choose to become a group practitioner vs. solo practitioner?  I really did not have any interest in running my own practice. While I love practicing dermatology and seeing patients, I also have a family and

So, you want to be on the AAD board of directors?

From the President ... Dr. Kaufmann served as Academy president from March 2022 to March 2023. ... By Mark Kaufmann, MD, FAAD, July 1, 2022 I can certainly understand why (and relate). The AAD’s ... officers and Board members lead the world’s largest dermatologic society, representing more than 20,000 physicians

Keeping up is hard to do: The need for true grit

By Warren R. Heymann, MD Oct. 5, 2017 One of the daunting challenges in practicing dermatology (or any branch of medicine) is keeping abreast of advances in the literature to optimize patient care. As a clinician-educator, I have always had an interest in how we learn best. For full disclosure,

Preparing for MIPS 2023 and beyond

Answers in Practice ... By Olivia Barry, Manager, Practice Management, April 1, 2023 Each month, DermWorld ... tackles issues "in practice" for dermatologists. This month, practice management staff offer tips on MIPS reporting. It’s year five of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), so you are probably well aware that

From the editor

From the Editor ... Dr. Van Voorhees is the physician editor of ... Dermatology World . She interviews the author of a recent study each month. ... By Abby S. Van Voorhees, MD, January 1, 2018 My term as medical editor is winding down. I’ve been thinking about what I

Importance of continuous professional development

Professional development is critical to success because it ensures staff is competent and current, contributing to efficiency and better patient care. Unlike required compliance training, professional development gives employees an opportunity to enhance and advance their career. Actively encouraging professional development helps employees bring innovations to the table and demonstrates

May 6, 2020

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... IN THIS ISSUE / May 6, 2020 ... What dermatologic hazards are COVID-19 health care workers facing? DW Insights and Inquiries: Working up pernio — How far should you dip your toe in the water?

ALDY and the redemptive power of “I don’t know”

... By Warren R. Heymann, MD Jan. 28, 2017 When I started my residency 37 years ago, I never would have imagined that nearly four decades later, I would be baffled by patients and their rashes every day. When I’m stumped diagnostically, I admit it (to myself and the

Negotiating fee schedules

When negotiating with private payers, knowing your worth can pay off. ... Feature ... By Ruth Carol, contributing writer, November 1, 2020 If you think medical school and residency were difficult, wait until you try to negotiate a higher fee schedule with a payer. ... "My experience has been that,

Modifiers

Modifiers: Providing additional details ... Learn when to append a modifier to a procedure or E/M code. Improper application of modifiers is a frequent cause for rejected reimbursement, so be sure you are meeting requirements. ... Common modifiers Learn about the most commonly used modifiers in dermatology. ... Modifier 24

Universal health care

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... What can health care for all really look like in the U.S.? ... What can health care for all really look like in the U.S.? ... By Allison Evans, assistant managing editor According to the World Health Organization

Clinical note tips

Are you struggling to get your notes done on time? Electronic documenting is becoming increasingly burdensome for dermatologists because of bureaucratic tasks, an increase in computerization of practice and documentation burden with coding and quality requirements as well as other administrative requirements. Check out these tips to help you spend

Messaging and guidance for PR

Through its media relations and public education efforts, the Academy encourages the public to care for their skin, hair, and nails and see a board-certified dermatologist when appropriate. In addition, it provides members with the tools they need to communicate the Academy’s messages to their patients, policymakers, communities, and local

Seeing eye to eye

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... When insurance doesn't cover standard of care treatments, who pays the price and what can be done about it? ... When insurance doesn't cover standard of care treatments, who pays the price and what can be done about

What are the environmental effects of oxybenzone and other sunscreen ingredients?

Acta Eruditorum ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld . She interviews the author of a recent study each month. ... By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, October 1, 2018 In this month’s Acta Eruditorum column, Physician Editor Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, talks with Henry W. Lim, MD, and Samantha

Dermatology World Directions in Residency

DermWorld Directions in Residency is published quarterly by the Academy. The publication includes features that will help you make the most of your residency experience and prepare you for the next stages of your career. ... Download latest issue in PDF Residents:  Do you have good content for  ... DermWorld

What's hot?

What's hot ... August 23, 2018 In this monthly column, members of the ... Dermatology World Editorial Advisory Workgroup identify exciting news from across the specialty. ... Mallory Abate, MD ... Are you over-checking labs for your acne patients on isotretinoin? An article from the ... JAAD’ s Best of

Answers in practice

Each month ... DermWorld tackles issues "in practice" for dermatologists. ... Latest articles ... Telehealth beyond COVID-19 Practice management experts discuss the evolution of telehealth beyond the pandemic. ... Digital strategy for dermatologists Tips for building a digital strategy and online presence. ... MIPS 2024 What can you expect? AAD

Where do Americans get pricing information for health care services?

Facts at your Fingertips ... By Emily Margosian, Assistant Editor, November 1, 2022 New survey data released this year by Akasa, a health care AI developer, found that Americans most often turn to health insurers for pricing information over other sources, placing new emphasis on the need for price transparency

All politics is local

From the President ... Dr. Tomecki served as Academy president from March 2021 to March 2022. ... By Kenneth Tomecki, MD, FAAD, September 1, 2021 "All politics is local" is a storied term often linked to former House Speaker Tip O’Neill, implying a need for local skills to win elections,

Considerations for caring for the underinsured

You may find that a cash-only or concierge practice model fits your pathway in dermatology, but you should also consider how this model affects serving the needy. There are additional opportunities to assist the under-served through programs such as Medicaid or servicing under-insured patients. Consider the following resources to help

Demystifying cancer of the nail

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... Unfamiliarity leads to missed diagnoses, reluctance to biopsy ... Unfamiliarity leads to missed diagnoses, reluctance to biopsy ... By Jan Bowers, contributing writer “You can’t trust the nail,” remarked Richard K. Scher, MD, a dermatologist with nearly 50

Review of systems (ROS)

Review Of Systems (ROS): In a nutshell ... Review of Systems (ROS) is an inventory of body systems that you get from asking patients about their symptoms. If you don’t code the ROS correctly, you can end up down-coding, which isn’t good for your patient’s outcome or your bottom line.

December

Issue ... December January February March April May June July August September October November December View digital flipbook In this issue ... From the Editor ... Thank you, Alex What's hot ... This month's news from across the specialty Clinical Applications ... Why does COVID-19 result in multisystem inflammatory syndrome

Support AAD

AAD Cares: Community Outreach Programs ... The American Academy of Dermatology is committed to improving the lives and health of people across the country. ... Learn how the AAD is building shade structures to protect kids from the damaging effects of the sun, educating children and adults about the importance

Pathways: Inclusivity in Dermatology

Pathways: Inclusivity in Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA), in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson and Kenvue, are launching "Pathways: Inclusivity in Dermatology" to increase the number of practicing dermatologists who are underrepresented minorities (URiM) in medicine over the next five

What is the path forward for treating children with severe atopic dermatitis with dupilumab?

Clinical Applications ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld . She interviews the author of a recent study each month. ... By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, March 1, 2021 In this month’s Clinical Applications column, Physician Editor Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, talks with Amy Paller, MD, about her recent

AAD 2019 Strategic Plan: Our vision for the future

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... The Academy Board of Directors and President Suzanne Olbricht, MD, convened during a special three-day working event to imagine what the organization should look like a decade from now. What they outlined and documented as

DataDerm FAQs

Vendor transition ... Learn more about ... DataDerm’s vendor transition . ... OM1 ... Learn more about ... Dataderm’s collaboration with OM1 . ... Deadlines ... All DataDerm users deadlines ... Mar. 1, 2024: Purchase 2023 MIPS module. ... Mar. 15, 2024: 2023 MIPS submission deadline. ... EHR integration deadlines

Paging Dr. Google

Dermatologists discuss the consequences of self-practiced medicine and what physicians can do to educate patients ... Feature ... By Emily Margosian, Assistant Editor, August 1, 2022 "There is no doubt that the modern internet age has empowered people with more information than ever before in human history. Like any tool,

Smarter not harder

In Practice ... Dr. Gardner serves as assistant professor of medicine and dermatology at the University of Washington School of Medicine and works in the dermatology clinic at UW Medical Center Roosevelt and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. ... By Victoria Houghton, managing editor, March 1, 2019 Dermatology World talks

Sun safety

Sun safety ... At least one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. ... Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. ... 1-3 ... To protect your skin from the sun, seek shade, wear protective

The power of state advocacy

From the President ... Dr. Hruza served as Academy president from March 2019 to March 2020. ... By George Hruza, MD, MBA, November 1, 2019 When you think of advocacy, what do you think of? Capitol Hill and Congress? CMS and the FDA? If so, you’re not wrong. Many facets

All aboard

Answers in Practice ... By Victoria Houghton, Managing Editor, June 1, 2023 DermWorld ... talks to Vermont dermatologist Steven Shama, MD, MPH, FAAD, who recently directed a session on managing office politics at the 2023 AAD Annual Meeting, about strategies to onboard new employees. DermWorld: Tell us about your practice.

The evolution of medicine requires the ability to adapt.

From the President ... Dr. Hruza served as Academy president from March 2019 to March 2020. ... By George Hruza, MD, MBA, August 1, 2019 If you’re like me, you probably found ... Dermatology World ’s July feature article that compared medicine today to medicine several decades ago very amusing.

Joy in life epitomized by AAD Camp Discovery

Becky Joseph, a medical student from Lubbock, Texas, loved her time at Camp Discovery. Becky's story ... As a medical student with a passion for dermatology and pediatrics, my decision to attend Camp Discovery, organized by the AAD, was driven by the hope of gaining more insights into these fields.

Thank you to the Academy staff

First Person ... By Misha Rosenbach, MD, March 1, 2021 DermWorld ... ’s First Person column offers Academy members the opportunity to share their personal reflections about how dermatology is changing and how they’ve adapted. Dr. Rosenbach submitted this column in the immediate aftermath of the disruption of the certification

Out of stock

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... What's happening with drug shortages and what's being done to resolve the issue? ... What's happening with drug shortages and what's being done to resolve the issue? ... By Victoria Houghton, managing editor A patient taking a blood

How to check for bedbugs

Board-certified dermatologist’s tips ROSEMONT, Ill. (March 14, 2024) — Bedbugs can make you itch just by thinking about them. These tiny, reddish-brown insects that feed on blood are notorious for infiltrating hotel rooms and luggage, hitchhiking their way back to a new home virtually undetected. ... "Understanding what to be

A metabolic pathway that may allow dermatologists to run rings around porokeratoses

By Warren R. Heymann, MD July 31, 2019 Vol. 1, No. 21 "I know the variants of porokeratoses and can recite them as though I am the very model of a modern major general — Mibelli, linear, punctate, palmoplantar, DSAP [disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis], superficial disseminated, immunosuppression-related, and porokeratosis ptychotropica.

No longer on display

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... After a resurgence of syphilis, dermatologists find themselves as syphilologists...once again ... After a resurgence of syphilis, dermatologists find themselves as syphilologists...once again ... By Allison Evans, assistant managing editor Christopher Columbus. Oscar Wilde. Al Capone. What do

The Academy has something for everyone

From the President ... Dr. Thiers served as Academy president from March 2020 to March 2021. ... By Bruce Thiers, MD, January 1, 2021 Welcome, 2021! January always brings the inevitable questions about New Year’s resolutions and change, so what’s in store for you this year? Are you considering retirement?

June 24, 2020

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... IN THIS ISSUE / June 24, 2020 ... Derm Coding Consult : Are you ready for E/M coding changes? DW Insights and Inquiries : Phacing the future — When patients with PHACE syndrome grow up

So, what's a Kodachrome?

From the Editor ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld. By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, November 1, 2019 When my resident first asked me this question, I thought it was a joke. Surely, they knew what Kodachromes were…and then I looked around the room and realized that none

Impact Report — Winter 2022

With the support of members like you, we are stepping up to meet the challenges of the specialty together. Even COVID-19 has not stopped us from raising the bar on our efforts to keep the specialty strong and your patients healthy and informed. This is the first anniversary of our

Time to reassess messing around with steroids and psoriasis

By Warren R. Heymann, MD March 3, 2021 Vol. 3, No. 9 You don't tug on Superman ’ ... s cape You don't spit into the wind You don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger And you don't mess around with Jim If the late Jim Croce was

Talking to patients about sexually transmitted infections

Dermatologists discuss interview techniques for taking a sexual history and screening for sexually transmitted infections. ... Feature ... By Emily Margosian, Assistant Editor, January 1, 2023 Historically, dermatologists have played a key role in the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), many of which have skin involvement. What

From distilleries to the State House: Garnering support during COVID-19

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... DW Weekly talked to Art P. Saavedra, MD, PhD, MBA, at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, about his efforts to collect and donate supplies, and raise awareness for the front line health care

COVID changes to a dermatology practice

Answers in Practice ... By Emily Margosian, Assistant Editor, September 1, 2022 DermWorld ... talks to Sarah Jackson, MD, FAAD, from Audubon Dermatology in New Orleans, about how her practice has found its ‘new normal’ in a COVID world. DermWorld: Tell us about your practice. Sarah Jackson, MD, FAAD ...

6 skin care tips that dermatologists use themselves

November is National Healthy Skin Month ... ROSEMONT, Ill. (Oct. 29, 2019) — Board-certified dermatologists are experts when it comes to the skin, hair and nails, diagnosing and treating more than 3,000 diseases and conditions, including skin cancer, acne, psoriasis and eczema. They also help patients address their cosmetic concerns,

Documenting encounters when you suspect trafficking

The ICD-10 was the first edition to publish diagnostic codes for suspected and known human trafficking, including commercial sexual exploitation. On December 5, 2019, HEAL Trafficking and the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children convened national experts to develop draft guidelines and training requirements to inform the safe and

Managing formulary changes

DermWorld looks at disruptive prescription coverage changes and offers tools for navigating these pain points. ... Feature ... By Amy Freed Stalzer, Contributing Writer, March 1, 2023 It’s not an uncommon scenario: A dermatologist refills a prescription for a patient but comes to find out that the patient’s insurance formulary

What is the AAD Innovation Academy? Is it replacing the AAD Summer Meeting?

Asked and Answered ... July 1, 2022 AAD Innovation Academy is the new meeting program being held this summer, taking the place of Summer Meeting. AAD Innovation Academy will highlight innovation and entrepreneurial practices and provide the latest information on the most popular topic areas, while maintaining some of the

AAD Licensing program

High quality content that can't be found elsewhere ... An unbiased source of scientifically accurate, reliable and up-to-date content from respected experts in the dermatology field, as well as clinical and market data representing 93% of all U.S. dermatologists. ... Need the AAD's expertise? No problem. ... Launch your dermatological

What role should dermatologists take in screening for comorbidities in HS patients?

Clinical Applications ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld . She interviews the author of a recent study each month. ... By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, August 1, 2022 In this month’s Clinical Applications column, Physician Editor Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, talks with Amit Garg, MD, FAAD,

Are you a rash whisperer?

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... Patch test. Identify allergens. Avoid them. If only it was that simple to diagnose and treat patients with allergic contact dermatitis. ... Patch test. Identify allergens. Avoid them. If only it was that simple to diagnose and treat

Distracted doctoring

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... Experts discuss a growing health care concern ... Experts discuss a growing health care concern ... By Ruth Carol, contributing writer There is a growing patient safety concern that is unrelated to a specific diagnosis, medication, procedure, or

How to tell the difference between dry hands and hand eczema

Unlike dry skin, patients need more than moisturizers to treat hand eczema ROSEMONT, Ill. (September 27, 2022) — Hand eczema is one of the most common forms of eczema, causing dry, itchy, and irritated skin affecting the whole hand, including the fingers. This skin condition can negatively impact a person’s

Dermatologists should not be in the dark about kratom

By Warren R. Heymann, MD, FAAD Oct. 11, 2023 Vol. 5, No. 41 Dermatological sleuthing mandates an ever-expanding knowledge database. The correct diagnosis may prove elusive if you do not know the right questions to ask. Astute clinicians have a differential diagnosis of cutaneous and/or mucosal hyperpigmentation, including heavy metal

What is the Academy doing about burdensome private payer policies?

Moving the needle ... By Lou Terranova, Associate Director, Practice Advocacy, December 1, 2023 DermWorld ... interviews Mollie MacCormack, MD, FAAD, chair of the AADA’s Patient Access and Payer Relations Committee, about payer issues the Academy is currently addressing. Mollie MacCormack, MD, FAAD ... DermWorld: What does payer advocacy entail?

Giving back to make an impact

AAD member Franziska Ringpfeil, MD, FAAD, knows what a challenge skin disease can be for children. Dr. Ringpfeil’s story ... Franziska Ringpfeil, MD, FAAD ... I became aware of Camp Discovery years ago while in residency. During our annual AAD meeting, the outgoing president showed pictures of Camp Discovery, and

Should merkel cell carcinoma patients receive adjuvant radiation following excision? My personal parallel story

By Warren R. Heymann, MD Sept. 17, 2016 I was 34 years old when I was diagnosed with a stage I seminoma. Following an orchiectomy, I was instructed to see the radiation oncologist (at the same institution) for adjuvant radiation. ... "Why are you here today Dr. Heymann?" the radiation

On the front lines during COVID-19

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... Linda Stein Gold, MD ...  ... Dermatology World Weekly  talks with Linda Stein Gold, MD, recently chosen as the AAD’s next vice president-elect and the current division head of dermatology at the Henry Ford

April 17

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... IN THIS ISSUE / April 17, 2019 ... Having trouble accessing compounded quinacrine tablets? Here’s why. DW Insights and Inquiries : A ‘pregnant pause’ is necessary before concluding on the obstetric risk of vitiligo Lessons

May 2

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... IN THIS ISSUE / MAY 2, 2018 ... The clock is ticking: Only a few days left to review your Sunshine Act info PBMs cutting copay coupons from patient deductibles — which could mean soaring

What are the updated guidelines of care for the management of primary cutaneous melanoma?

Acta Eruditorum ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld . She interviews the author of a recent study each month. ... By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, December 3, 2018 In this month’s Acta Eruditorum column, Physician Editor Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, talks with Susan M. Swetter, MD, and Hensin

Who does what in a practice?

Facts at your Fingertips ... By Emily Margosian, content specialist, March 1, 2018 As the daily tasks required to keep a dermatology practice running continue to multiply, who is doing what on a day-to-day basis? According to the AAD’s 2016 Group Practice study, clear patterns emerge among staff at each

Dressed for success

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... How important are appearances? Maybe more than you think. ... How important are appearances? Maybe more than you think. ... By Ruth Carol, contributing writer Do you want to improve patient satisfaction? How about improving compliance rates? If

Pulling back the curtain on private equity

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... As dermatology consolidates, private equity expands its reach. What does it mean for the specialty's future? ... As dermatology consolidates, private equity expands its reach. What does it mean for the specialty's future? ... By Emily Margosian, content

Idiopathic facial aseptic granuloma — Have we met?

By Warren R. Heymann, MD July 20, 2017 I’m racking my brain wondering if I have ever seen a case of idiopathic facial aseptic granuloma (IFAG) — I know that I never made the diagnosis because I had never heard the term until I read the first reference. I surmise

November 18, 2020

Derm World Weekly - A Publication of the American Academy of Dermatology | Association ... IN THIS ISSUE / November 18, 2020 ... Hydrogen peroxide and the common wart: Phase 2 results are in DermWorld Insights and Inquiries : Granulomatous slack skin — More than one type of mimicry FDA

A point to make about punctate, pigmented, and verrucous papillomatosis

By Warren R. Heymann, MD July 25, 2016 What is your mental image of the Gougerot-Carteaud (GC) syndrome? I equate it with confluent and reticulated papillomatosis, presenting on the trunk with hyperpigmented minimally raised plaques. The KOH examination is negative and there is a quick, characteristic response to antibiotics such

A game of Jenga

Go to AAD Home ... Go to AAD Home ... Menu ... How will the outcomes of the midterm elections affect health care policy? ... How will the outcomes of the midterm elections affect health care policy? ... By Allison Evans, assistant managing editor It seems like only yesterday the

What does it mean when all of a patient's patch tests come back negative?

Clinical Applications ... Dr. Schwarzenberger is the physician editor of ... DermWorld . She interviews the author of a recent study each month. ... By Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, September 2, 2019 In this month’s Clinical Applications column, Physician Editor Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, talks with Erin Warshaw, MD, MS, about her

What's hot?

What's hot ... February 26, 2019 In this monthly column, members of the ... Dermatology World Editorial Advisory Workgroup identify exciting news from across the specialty. ... Mallory Abate, MD ... Isn’t it interesting how some common warts that we treat seem to go away almost instantly but others persist

Need a central resource for monkeypox?

DermWorld was one of the first dermatology publications to inform physicians about the evolving monkeypox epidemic. We’ve expanded on those efforts with a comprehensive monkeypox resource center at AAD.org. ... You can now find: ... Guidance on recognizing monkeypox infections. ... Resources on treatment and pain, developed at the request

Largest study on racial differences in men with melanoma shows men with skin of color have lowest survival rates

Study author and board-certified dermatologist encourages public to get screened for skin cancer ROSEMONT, Ill. (July 11, 2023) — Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is highly treatable when detected early, but when the disease advances, it can lead to death. A new article published in the ...

Create your legacy at the AAD - Make a planned gift

The future of dermatology depends on you ... Establish your legacy by including the AAD in your will, life insurance, or other estate planning documents. This gift does not cost you anything during your lifetime, yet it allows you to ensure the AAD continues to provide a lifetime of benefits

Lessons learned from canine atopic dermatitis

What can human and veterinary dermatologists learn from each other in the management and treatment of atopic dermatitis? ... Feature ... By Emily Margosian, assistant editor, December 1, 2020 In the past, a single doctor would have been called upon to care for all members of a household — including