Dermatology World January 2011 : Page 1

in this issue from the editor DEaR REaDERS, Welcome to the new and improved Dermatology World . ou may ask, “What was wrong with the old Derm World ?” Nothing was wrong with it; a staggering 90 percent of us looked at it each month. It has been a trusted and reliable source for many of the things we wanted and needed to know. I for one appreciated fi nding out about all sorts of topics such as how events in Washington were going to aff ect dermatology. But even something good can be improved. And so the Board of Directors and the staff of the AAD decided to wake up the sleeping giant just a bit. Hopefully you will agree that we have kept what was good and have included even more that you will fi nd useful and enjoyable. As your newly selected physician editor I’ll serve as your guide to some of the articles that you will fi nd in each issue. The fi rst of these is a monthly column, Acta Eruditorum, which takes a cutting-edge article from the literature and examines its applicability to our practices. This month it looks at the role of surgical garb in protecting patients from surgical site infec-tions. Given the expense of gloves and other protective items, it is extremely important that we determine what is truly helpful rather than what is just tradition. I always wondered if those foot coverings did anything! Read the article to fi nd out. Dirk Elston, M.D., will be writing Cracking the Code each month on coding issues of con-cern to us all. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a relative beginner you’ll appreciate his strategy of making that topic seem easier. We all can benefi t from the review. The third monthly column, In Practice, will discuss various practice issues. This month’s piece is on hiring employees. Having good staff is critical for each of our practices. Knowing how to manage this process correctly is therefore very important. The IRS website is a pearl to defi nitely tuck into one’s doctor bag. And fi nally, each issue will have three feature articles. This month they are on health system reform, electronic medical records, and drug sampling — all very hot topics. One thing that is very clear is that changes are coming in each of these areas no matter which political party prevails in Washington; we all need to prepare for them. Who knew when I applied to medical school that I’d need to understand diff erent kinds of computer server models….I thought that was something only the computer geeks were going to need to know! I hope you will enjoy our fi rst month’s line up. We’re already planning for the upcoming months, and trust that you’ll like them as well. We’ll know that we’ve hit the nail on the head if you start telling me you turn to Dermatology World to get the latest on the hot topics in Washington instead of reading The Wall Street Journal . I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions to help reach our goal; the best way to reach me is dweditor@aad.org. Happy New Year to all! VOL. 21 NO. 1 | JANUARY 2011 PREsIDENT CONTRIBUTING wRITERs Y William D. James, M.D. PHYsICIAN REVIEwER Suzanne Olbricht, M.D. PHYsICIAN EDITOR Abby Van Voorhees, M.D. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CEO Ronald A. Henrichs, CAE DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTORs Jennifer Allyn Ruth Carol Dirk Elston, M.D. Kara Jilek Maithily Nandedkar, M.D. Marlene Rust Joan Tenut Lisa Towers DEsIGN MANAGER Karen Collishaw Eileen Murray, CAE PUBLIsHER Ed Wantuch EDITORIAL DEsIGNER Theresa Oloier EDITORIAL ADVIsORs Lara Lowery EDITOR Katie Domanowski MANAGING EDITOR Richard Nelson sTAFF wRITER John Carruthers Lakshi Aldredge Tina Alster, M.D. Rosalie Elenitsas, M.D. John Harris, M.D., Ph.D. Chad Hivnor, M.D. Sylvia Hsu, M.D. Risa Jampel, M.D. Christopher Miller, M.D. Christen Mowad, M.D. Philip Orbuch, M.D. Wendy Roberts, M.D. Robert Sidbury, M.D. Printed in u.S.A. Copyright © 2011 by the american academy of Dermatology association 930 E. Woodfield Rd. Schaumburg, IL 60173-4729 Phone: (847) 330-0230 Fax: (847) 330-0050 MIssION sTATEMENT: Dermatology World is published monthly by the American Academy of Dermatology Association. Through insightful analysis of the trends that affect them, it provides members with a trusted, inside source for balanced news and information about managing their practice, understanding legislative and regulatory issues, and incorporating clinical and research developments into patient care. Dermatology world® (ISSN 10602445) is published monthly by the American Academy of Dermatology and AAD Association, 930 E. Woodfield Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60173-4729. Subscription price $48.00 per year included in AAD membership dues. Non-member annual subscription price $108.00 uS or $120.00 international. Periodicals Postage Paid at Schaumburg, IL and additional mailing offices. POsTMAsTER: Send address changes to Dermatology World ®, American Academy of Dermatology Association, P.o. Box 4014, Schaumburg, IL 60168-4014. ABBY VAN VooRHEES, M.D., PHYSICIAN EDIToR Dermatology WorlD // January 2011 1

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Welcome to the new and improved Dermatology World.<br /> <br /> You may ask, “What was wrong with the old Derm World?” Nothing was wrong with it; a staggering 90 percent of us looked at it each month. It has been a trusted and reliable source for many of the things we wanted and needed to know. I for one appreciated fi nding out about all sorts of topics such as how events in Washington were going to aff ect dermatology. But even something good can be improved. And so the Board of Directors and the staff of the AAD decided to wake up the sleeping giant just a bit. Hopefully you will agree that we have kept what was good and have included even more that you will fi nd useful and enjoyable.<br /> <br /> As your newly selected physician editor I’ll serve as your guide to some of the articles that you will fi nd in each issue. The fi rst of these is a monthly column, Acta Eruditorum, which takes a cutting-edge article from the literature and examines its applicability to our practices. This month it looks at the role of surgical garb in protecting patients from surgical site infections. Given the expense of gloves and other protective items, it is extremely important that we determine what is truly helpful rather than what is just tradition. I always wondered if those foot coverings did anything! Read the article to fi nd out.<br /> <br /> Dirk Elston, M.D., will be writing Cracking the Code each month on coding issues of concern to us all. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a relative beginner you’ll appreciate his strategy of making that topic seem easier. We all can benefi t from the review.<br /> <br /> The third monthly column, In Practice, will discuss various practice issues. This month’s piece is on hiring employees. Having good staff is critical for each of our practices. Knowing how to manage this process correctly is therefore very important. The IRS website is a pearl to defi nitely tuck into one’s doctor bag.<br /> <br /> And fi nally, each issue will have three feature articles. This month they are on health system reform, electronic medical records, and drug sampling — all very hot topics. One thing that is very clear is that changes are coming in each of these areas no matter which political party prevails in Washington; we all need to prepare for them. Who knew when I applied to medical school that I’d need to understand diff erent kinds of computer server models….I thought that was something only the computer geeks were going to need to know!<br /> <br /> I hope you will enjoy our fi rst month’s line up. We’re already planning for the upcoming months, and trust that you’ll like them as well. We’ll know that we’ve hit the nail on the head if you start telling me you turn to Dermatology World to get the latest on the hot topics in Washington instead of reading The Wall Street Journal. I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions to help reach our goal; the best way to reach me is dweditor@aad.org.<br /> <br /> Happy New Year to all!

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