June 20



Robots in health care are coming, but at what cost?


According to a recent report conducted by Accenture, 53% of health care executives are planning to invest in artificial intelligence (AI) systems. However, 81% say they feel unprepared to manage the “societal and liability issues” associated with their AI systems’ decisions. While recent studies indicate that AI can perform health screenings as well as humans, a recent Washington Post op-ed ― written by Academy members Drs. Carrie Kovarik, Caroline Nelson, and John Barbieri ― argues that man and machine are on the same team. “Throughout history, doctors have evolved in a symbiotic relationship with technology to confront the burden of human disease. If artificial intelligence becomes another tool in our toolbox, it will support the time-honored lesson that man with machine is superior to either alone.”

Should dermatologists fear machine learning, or are concerns over their impending obsolescence unwarranted? Read more in Dermatology World.

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June Access Hero: Dr. Colven

colven-roy-dww.jpgMedicaid patients in rural Washington faced long distances and wait times for dermatology care. Learn how Dr. Roy Colven used the Academy’s teledermatology app and partnerships with rural clinics to decrease wait times and increase access.

Each month, the Academy highlights members’ diverse efforts to expand access to dermatology. Submit your story at SkinSerious.org

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Does benzoyl peroxide stain all fabrics?

According to a recent study, 10% benzoyl peroxide (BPO) stains some fabrics more than others. Researchers tested BPO gel stains on six different black fabrics: polyester, fleece (100% polyester), cotton, nylon/spandex, rayon, and linen/rayon. They allowed the fabric to dry and then hand washed the samples in warm water with detergent. After the fabric was dry, they found that the gel stained cotton and linen fabrics more than polyester and fleece fabrics. 

The authors noted, “Although staining from BPO might be a minor consideration for some patients, it can contribute to dissatisfaction and nonadherence in others.” Getting patients to take ― or apply ― their medicine can be extremely tricky. Read more about strategies for improving patient treatment adherence in Dermatology World.

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CMS launches new Medicare Card search tool

Need to find a patient’s new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) number? According to CMS, physicians now have access to a secure MBI search tool through their Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC). CMS has started replacing the Social Security number-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) with a MBI on the new Medicare cards. CMS will only accept claims with the MBI listed starting Dec. 31, 2019. During the transition period, CMS will accept either the HICN or the MBI for CMS claim adjudication.

Are you ready for the new Medicare cards? Take the quiz in Dermatology World. Need help preparing for the switch? Check out Dermatology World for tools you can use.

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Despite the risks, patients are willing to share their data

According to survey results recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the majority of clinical trial patients are willing to share their data. Researchers polled 771 recent and current clinical trial participants, and found that 93% of patients were very or somewhat likely to share their data with university researchers, and 82% were very or somewhat likely to share it with for-profit companies. The respondents’ greatest concerns were that the data would be used for marketing purposes or could be stolen.

Recently, research sites have been inundated with a massive influx of technology devoted solely to improving methods for collecting, evaluating, and reporting patient data in clinical trials. Read more about this and other trends in clinical research in Dermatology World. Interested in conducting research in your practice? Stay tuned for the July issue of Dermatology World that will discuss the nuts and bolts of adding a research component to your practice.

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2019 committee appointment application now open​​

Every year, hundreds of dermatologists serve the Academy through its organizational governance structure and through other service opportunities. The Appointment Selection Committee, chaired by George J. Hruza, MD, MBA, has begun accepting applications to fill 2019 open appointments. Applications must be submitted by June 30, 2018. Members who are selected to serve will be contacted in the winter. Letters of recommendation are highly suggested but are not required. 

Access the 2019 online appointment application at www.aad.org/applications/cctf. Learn more about the specific committees and task forces, committee member responsibilities, and other opportunities, in the CCTF Resources-Governance Handbook.