By Abby Van Voorhees, MD, June 01, 2015
After weathering the long cold winter and colder than usual spring, the arrival of June is especially welcome. I could be wrong, but to me the flowers seem to smell sweeter and the sun seems to be somewhat brighter than usual. Funny how much one appreciates the little things when they’ve been long gone. I, for one, am looking forward to trips down to the shore this month catching up on some needed R and R. Those early morning walks have a way of making life’s stresses and strains seem small and manageable. Hope that you too have some plans that can put some sweetness into your routines.
While you are catching your breath, be sure to read our piece on the 24 modifier and when it should be used. Our coding column is regularly one of our most read, and this month’s will join the ranks. We also want you to know that Dermatology World is starting a new interactive offering — coding quizzes from Alex Miller online. If you’ve not tried them yet, then you are missing something. Look for the link in the Dermatology World Weekly next time it hits your inbox. It’s a fun self-assessment. No one but you has to know your score. It’s a great chance to test your coding smarts against real world examples. A painless way to learn! Let us know how you like this newest addition to Dermatology World.
Another must read this month is near and dear to my heart. Full disclosure for those of you who might not be aware — I serve as the chair of the Medical Board of the National Psoriasis Foundation. One of our features this month concerns the increasing importance of patient advocacy groups. As Mark Lebwohl states “it is vitally important to get patients involved.” He goes on to remind us that government bodies listen to patients (think voters) in a way that they don’t to us. Patient advocacy groups have been critically important in some of our recent victories fighting narrowing networks and advancing research needs in both atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, and that’s just to name two. And when we win our fights, they win theirs too since patients care that they can get the most appropriate dermatological care when they need it. I urge each of you to get involved in these organizations, and encourage your patients to do so as well. All in the derm space benefit from our united efforts.
I’ll touch on one more piece in this month’s line up on the “Dangers of the deep” — think coral and urchin troubles. My beach zone is usually Cape May, and happily in June while I’ll be there the water is freezing. No jellyfish stings for me to contend with, but the piece provides a very fitting way to welcome the summer.
Enjoy your reading.