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Senate delays SGR repeal, giving way to dangerous reimbursement cuts
On March 27, the Senate delayed voting on the House-passed bill to permanently repeal the broken sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. Effective, April 1, all physicians will see a 21 percent cut to their Medicare reimbursements. CMS is advising providers to hold claims for two weeks. Send a pre-drafted letter to your Senator.
Mark Lebwohl, MD, FAAD, assumes presidency of the AAD
Dr. Lebwohl assumed office at the conclusion of the Academy’s 73rd Annual Meeting in San Francisco. He will hold office for one year and also will hold the same position for the American Academy of Dermatology Association.
Timothy G. Berger, MD, FAAD, takes office as vice president of the AAD
Dr. Berger is a clinical dermatology professor at the University of California in San Francisco.
2015 AAD election
Get to know the candidates and learn why it's critical for you to cast your vote before the April 20 deadline.
CMS acts to erase dermatologists' concerns on EHR reporting requirements
Responding to pressure from the AADA and its coalition partners, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its intent to modify the meaningful use requirements for electronic health records (EHR). Read more.
HHS announces major changes to Medicare reimbursement
The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary today unveiled plans to shift 30 percent of Medicare provider payments out of a fee-for-service system and into alternative payment models by 2016 — and eventually 50 percent by 2018. Read more.
Epiphanies in Dermatology
Join the AAD the day before World Congress for a fun and unique session. Faculty will share pivotal moments in dermatology that have altered their approach to their careers, their practices, or their study of medicine. Register now.
CDC study on skin cancer costs emphasizes role of prevention
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study found that the average annual total cost for skin cancer increased by 126.2 percent over a nine year period versus only 25.1 percent for all other cancers during the same time period. The Academy agrees with the authors’ conclusion that these results “highlight the importance of skin cancer prevention and early detection efforts.”
SPOTme™ free skin cancer screenings
Our SPOTme™ program’s mission is to reduce the number of deaths from skin cancer in the United States by educating the public about skin cancer risk and providing free screenings to catch skin cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages.
Submissions now accepted for the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD) Case Reports
JAAD Case Reports, a new peer-reviewed, open access, online-only journal dedicated to publishing case reports, is now accepting manuscripts.