How can I keep tabs on practice management issues that affect my office staff?

Q: How can I keep tabs on practice management issues that affect my office staff?

A: The Academy offers a number of resources that can help you stay abreast of practice management issues in this swiftly changing health care environment.

On AAD.org, bookmark the practice management resource section for easy reference to all the practice management information available on the website. This section covers coding and reimbursement, regulatory compliance, health information technology, RAC audits, teledermatology, and much more.

In addition, AAD practice management staff produces a series of webinars that cover the most timely topics in practice management. Upcoming topics include:

 Webinar Date 
Could You be a Target of the OIG?  Oct. 17, 2013
2014 Coding and Reimbursement Update  Nov. 21, 2013
Coding and Practice Updates for 2014 Jan. 16, 2014 

If you or your staff aren't available for a live webinar, the Academy offers webinars on demand. The most recent topics include:

2013 Coding and Reimbursement Update
Are you Deep Enough? How to Report Soft Tissue Codes
Audit Survival Kit — Coping with Medicare Audits
Coding Surgical Repairs, Transfers, and Grafts — Oh My!
Denied! Techniques for Reducing Claim Denials
Get Ready, Get Set, ICD-10 is Almost Here!
Getting to Know Modifier 25
Increase your Revenue with Correct Evaluation & Management Coding
Moving from Paper to Beyond: Transitioning to an EHR
Update Your Modifier 59 Knowledge

For your coding staff, the AAD offers the "Coding Essentials for Dermatology" on-demand series, which includes:

Coding Essentials for Dermatology — Beginner
Coding Essentials for Dermatology — Intermediate
Coding Essentials for Dermatology — Advanced
Coding Essentials for Dermatology — Bundle

To meet  your HIPAA compliance needs, the Academy offers the HIPAA and Omnibus Final Rule On-Demand Series, which explains the history of HIPAA and identifies steps dermatology practices should take to comply with the new rules that went into effect in September 2013.

HIPAA and Omnibus Final Rule — Overview
HIPAA and Omnibus Final Rule — Privacy
HIPAA and Omnibus Final Rule — Security
HIPAA and Omnibus Final Rule — Bundle

As part of your membership, you also receive Dermatology World and Derm Coding Consult, which you can share with your practice management staff in the office, or have them visit AAD.org to view the articles online. 

The Academy continues to develop its practice support resources for members and their staff. Be sure to visit the practice management section of AAD.org as we continue to expand and enhance these essential practice tools. 

Email questions to the Academy's practice management staff at ppm1@aad.org.

Email the Member to Member editor at members@aad.org.