By Ronald L. Moy, MD, AAD President, April 01, 2011
As an Academy member, you probably know that you can rely on the AAD for the best continuing education, that we’re your voice on Capitol Hill, and that we keep the public informed about skin, hair, and nail health. But do you know about all the ways the Academy can help you and your practice staff in your day-to-day work? Do you know how we can help you meet the challenges of maintenance of certification? Do you know
- That Derm Coding Consult, the Academy’s award-winning quarterly coding newsletter, provides answers to your practice’s difficult coding and billing questions? Questions received from dermatologists are vetted to Derm Coding Consult’s Editorial Advisory Board to ensure accurate and practical advice to resolve your coding and billing problems. Derm Coding Consult is also available for download from the AAD website.
- That our webinars can help educate you and your practice staff on mission-critical topics? Coming up on April 21 we offer Getting Ready for ICD-10; see p. 6 for more about the upcoming deadline for ICD-10 implementation. On Sept. 22 we’ll offer Surviving a Payer Audit, and on Nov. 17 we’ll offer a webinar detailing changes to CPT codes for 2012. To learn more or sign up for a webinar, visit www.aad.org/meetings-and-events/webinars.
- That we offer a series of manuals to help you throughout the life cycle of your office? They include a manual on the transition into practice, an employment manual, an office policy and procedure manual, a manual on starting and marketing a practice, and guides for CLIA, OIG, OSHA, and HIPAA compliance? Learn more about our manuals at www.aad.org/store/practice-management-resources/practice-management-resources.
- That we can help you earn a Medicare bonus payment through the Physician Quality Reporting System? Dermatologists can report on the three approved quality measures for melanoma through an approved registry offered by the Academy. More information about the 2011 measures and information on purchasing the 2011 Physician Quality Reporting System Melanoma Reporting module are available at www.aad.org/education-and-quality-care/performance-measurement-and-quality-reporting. [pagebreak]
- That we can help you navigate the transition to electronic health records? The Academy’s HIT Kit is a free online resource that can help you through every step of EHR implementation, from assessing your practice’s needs to researching and comparing vendors to negotiating your contract. The HIT Kit offers model agreements, explains the meaningful use incentives and how to earn them, offers guidance on the rules for e-prescribing, and provides comprehensive answers to more than a dozen frequently asked questions about EHRs in dermatology. Visit it at www.aad.org/hitkit.
- That you can fulfill the requirements of the American Board of Dermatology’s Maintenance of Certification in Dermatology (MOC-D) and earn CME with tools and resources created by the AAD? The brand-new fourth volume of the Dermatology Self-Assessment Program (DSAP), formerly known as MOCmd, can help you satisfy component 2 of MOC-D, Evidence of Commitment to Lifelong-Learning and Periodic Self-Assessment, while answering questions about various skin conditions and earning AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. The second volume of DSAP is available online; consider sharing it with your practice’s medical staff to help them advance their clinical knowledge. Visit www.aad.org/store/professional-development-and-lifelong-learning/moc-d-resources to learn more about DSAP.
- That you can fulfill MOC-D’s self-assessment requirements, too? The Clinical Performance Assessment Tool, or CPAT, can help fulfill the practice assessment/quality improvement element of component 4 of MOC-D, Evaluation of Performance in Practice. CPAT currently includes modules on acne, atopic dermatitis, and melanoma, and a module on biopsies is coming soon. The Academy can also help you fulfill the patient and peer communcation survey requirements; a patient survey tool is available now, and we anticipate making the peer survey tool available in June. Learn more about all of our self-assessment tools at www.aad.org/education-and-quality-care-performance-measurement-and-quality-reporting/aad-measurement-tools.
- That the Annual Meeting is now recorded? Whether you couldn’t make the meeting or there were too many great sessions at once, you can order a DVD of more than 500 speakers who agreed to have their talks recorded; for select talks, you can hear the audio synchronized with the speaker’s slides. To learn more, visit www.associationarchives.com/AAD.
As you can see, the Academy offers a wide variety of tools and resources to support you and your practice staff. Take advantage of them, and let me know what else we can do to support you at email@example.com.