Dermatology World September 2011 : Page 1

in this issue from the editor DeAr reADers, The temperature outside lately has been sizzling. verything seems to be just a bit too hot as the summer season starts to wind to a close. The political players of our government have been bat-tling over how to get things done. Unfortunately we physicians seem to be right in the crosshairs. Unlike most summer storms which pass through my town, I suspect that this government tempest has not been fol-lowed by any lessening of tensions. Health care reform guarantees that the pot will remain hot and stirring for quite a while yet. Many of you have told us that you like our articles on the happenings in Washington and how they relate to dermatology. If you share that interest, you will want to read this month’s feature on quality measures information being reported through Physician Compare. While we probably all would agree that a directory of information about physicians that patients can search is laudable in principle, the reality is less pleasing. Beset by inaccuracies and open to misinterpretation by the public, quality measures data is not a welcome addition to the ever-growing number of physician report cards. I know we all may find the measures by which we are being judged irksome. However, it is important that we all understand that we will be evaluated, and hopefully learning about the criteria may help us prepare mentally for this upcoming change. This month we also highlight what is new with sunscreens. You’ll want to read up on the new rules for sunscreen manufacturers if you’ve missed the press releases over the past few months. Be sure to read about the controversy of oxybenzone and hormones too. You’ll want to be sure to know what patients are asking about. Hope that we’ve given you some points you might want to mention. The Acta Eruditorum column this month highlights one of the new discoveries in dermatol-ogy — the role of propranolol in treating ulcerating hemangiomas. It’s looking more and more like this therapy is going to be a “keeper” in our armamentarium for infants with these lesions. I suspect that you’ll enjoy reading more about this approach as I did. And certainly I must encourage all to read about the newest thoughts regarding the possible role of dietary triggers of acne. Now I ask you, why are my favorite foods always on the bad list? Ice cream, chocolate, what else is one to eat on these long steamy summer nights? Not sure that I’ll make believers of my teenagers. Asparagus or Brussels sprouts would have been a much easier sale. I hope that you have each had a chance for a little rest and time for some reflection this summer and are now ready to take on fall’s challenges. I’m getting ready for some well-deserved R and R once my younger two head off to college. If I get lonely I may just have to risk a flare of acne and break out the chocolate…good thing that I know a dermatologist. Enjoy your reading. Vol. 21 no. 9 | SEPTEMBER 2011 PResident contRibuting wRiteRs E Ronald L. Moy, 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 Marlene Banike Jan Bowers Ruth Carol Cyndi Del Boccio Dirk Elston, M.D. Nikki Haton Maithily Nandedkar, M.D. Rose Pasowicz Joan Tenut editoRial adVisoRs Karen Collishaw, CAE Eileen Murray, CAE PublisheR Lara Lowery editoR Katie Domanowski Managing editoR Richard Nelson staff wRiteR John Carruthers design ManageR Lakshi Aldredge, MSN, ANP-BC 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. Ed Wantuch editoRial designeR Theresa Oloier 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 S. VAN VOORhEES, M.D., PhySICIAN EDITOR Dermatology WorlD // September 2011 1

The temperature outside lately has been sizzling.

ABBY S. VAN VOORHEES

<br /> Everything seems to be just a bit too hot as the summer season starts to wind to a close. The political players of our government have been battling over how to get things done. Unfortunately we physicians seem to be right in the crosshairs. Unlike most summer storms which pass through my town, I suspect that this government tempest has not been followed by any lessening of tensions. Health care reform guarantees that the pot will remain hot and stirring for quite a while yet.<br /> <br /> Many of you have told us that you like our articles on the happenings in Washington and how they relate to dermatology. If you share that interest, you will want to read this month’s feature on quality measures information being reported through Physician Compare. While we probably all would agree that a directory of information about physicians that patients can search is laudable in principle, the reality is less pleasing. Beset by inaccuracies and open to misinterpretation by the public, quality measures data is not a welcome addition to the ever-growing number of physician report cards. I know we all may find the measures by which we are being judged irksome. However, it is important that we all understand that we will be evaluated, and hopefully learning about the criteria may help us prepare mentally for this upcoming change.<br /> <br /> This month we also highlight what is new with sunscreens. You’ll want to read up on the new rules for sunscreen manufacturers if you’ve missed the press releases over the past few months. Be sure to read about the controversy of oxybenzone and hormones too. You’ll want to be sure to know what patients are asking about. Hope that we’ve given you some points you might want to mention.<br /> <br /> The Acta Eruditorum column this month highlights one of the new discoveries in dermatology — the role of propranolol in treating ulcerating hemangiomas. It’s looking more and more like this therapy is going to be a “keeper” in our armamentarium for infants with these lesions. I suspect that you’ll enjoy reading more about this approach as I did.<br /> <br /> And certainly I must encourage all to read about the newest thoughts regarding the possible role of dietary triggers of acne. Now I ask you, why are my favorite foods always on the bad list? Ice cream, chocolate, what else is one to eat on these long steamy summer nights? Not sure that I’ll make believers of my teenagers. Asparagus or Brussels sprouts would have been a much easier sale.<br /> <br /> I hope that you have each had a chance for a little rest and time for some reflection this summer and are now ready to take on fall’s challenges. I’m getting ready for some well-deserved R and R once my younger two head off to college. If I get lonely I may just have to risk a flare of acne and break out the chocolate…good thing that I know a dermatologist.<br /> <br /> Enjoy your reading.<br /> <br /> <br />

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