Dermatology Times, June 2019 (Vol. 40, No. 6)

Medical billing and coding changes you should know

June 14, 2019

Coding is a major determinant of what dermatologists bill and what they get paid, so it’s critical to keep up with changes to be both compliant and accurate. Mollie MacCormack, M.D., and Murad Alam, M.D. demystify coding conundrums in this article.

What's new in melanoma treatment?

June 13, 2019

Innovative melanoma therapeutics are on the horizon. This pipeline report highlights some of the new drugs currently in phase 2, phase 3 or recently approved for the treatment of melanoma.

8 ways to build a strong physician referral network

June 12, 2019

Many dermatology practices depend on referrals for a significant portion of annual revenue, and those most successful have a sustainable plan in place. This expert offers eight tips that will help you create a strong referral network.

How to advocate for the future of dermatology

June 11, 2019

Changes are coming that may affect the practice of dermatology, but dermatologists can help to influence that change by participating in key initiatives. In this article, we highlight the three different initiatives you should have on your radar.

How to use patents to maximize value for your venture

May 31, 2019

In this follow up to last month’s Innovations column on intellectual property and technology transfer, Raymond A. Miller, J.D., and Steve Xu, M.D., FAAD discuss how to utilize patents to maximize value for your venture.

Dermatologist recommended alternatives to traditional sunscreen

May 30, 2019

What options are available for patients who can’t wear traditional sunscreens? Zoe Diana Draelos, M.D., recommends some alternatives your patients can use to stay protected from the sun in this month’s Cosmetic Conundrums.

OTC options can provide prescription alternatives

May 24, 2019

Dermatology has more over-the-counter (OTC) drug formulations than many areas of medicine, most of which are covered under drug monographs. Zoe Diana Draelos, M.D., discusses the drug monographs used in dermatology in this article.

Cognitive behavioral therapy effective for psoriasis

May 13, 2019

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can successfully treat the physical symptoms of psoriasis and systemic treatment doesn't seem to provide an extra boost to its effectiveness, a new systematic review and meta-analysis finds.

Tips on treating children with autism

April 24, 2019

Caregivers of children with autism often expect dermatologists to have an understanding of the disorder, but that may not always be the case. Learn how to best navigate clinical situations with this patient population in this article.

A patient-centered approach to psoriasis treatment

April 22, 2019

In psoriasis, many therapies offer roughly the same level of care, but that doesn’t mean any patient will respond well to any therapy. According to Mark Lebwohl, M.D., physicians should consider each treatment option in light of a patient's specific comorbidities. 

Consensus agreement outlines terminology to describe pigmentary disorders

April 18, 2019

New consensus conclusions are important, because managing acquired macular pigmentation is a new frontier in dermatology. The article defines terminology and notes the primary feature common to macular pigmentation conditions.

Why does acne leave a scar?

April 08, 2019

A recent study explores how early inflammation and histological changes are involved in acne scarring by comparing the molecular profiles of acne lesions in patients who are prone to scarring against lesions from patients who are not prone to scarring. Here’s what researchers found.

Radiation therapy resurfaces in skin cancer treatment

March 21, 2019

Superficial radiation therapy is experiencing a renaissance in dermatologic therapy due to the modernized equipment and updated guidelines, as well as excellent treatment outcomes for patients with NMSC which rival those seen with other approaches, including Mohs surgery.

Dermatologists relying less on antibiotics for acne

March 21, 2019

Curbing use of antibiotics to treat acne has been challenging despite updated guidelines supporting limited use and the growing problem of bacterial resistance. But things seem to be changing for the better, says Diane M. Thiboutot, M.D.

The psychosocial burden of acne

March 21, 2019

Scars caused by acne can be both physical and emotional. Helping patients get the care they need starts with recognizing and addressing psychosocial issues that can be caused by acne, says Jonette E. Keri, M.D., Ph.D.

Melanoma therapies and the skin

March 21, 2019

The cutaneous side effects of targeted therapies and immunotherapy for melanoma can complicate treatment and become a burden to patients. Dermatologists must aggressively address these side effects for a more ideal management and better quality of life for their melanoma patients.