MDS Awarded the Model State SSTAR Award
State Society Transformation, Advocacy, and Retention
The Maryland Dermatologic Society was
the recipient of the Model State SStar Award
(Model State Award with Highest Honors)given for excellence in education, patient support, community service, advocacy, and member development; outstanding programs and initiatives; and exemplary participation in AAD efforts. It is an honor and privilege to win this award.
PPE guidelines for procedures and examinations around the mouth and nose (June 25, 2020)
Consistent with the CDC, the AAD recommends dermatologists and their staff wear a mask at all times and patients should wear a cloth facemask or covering if they do not have a surgical mask. Read the complete recommendations here.
Steps and Checklist to Reopening Your Practice (May, 7, 2020)
With the Govenor Hogan’s announcement allowing the resumption of elective surgery on the morning of May 7, 2020, you will want to read the Maryland Secretary of Health’s amendment and order regarding various health matters and elective surgery resumption, including how a to certify that conditions for resumption of elective and non-urgent medical procedures have been met prior to resuming operations.
For additional advice on full reopening of your practice, please refer to the AAD’s website for the six steps and checklist to reopening your practice during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Roadmap for Resuming Elective Surgery after COVID-19 Pandemic
Teledermatology Update from the AAD
The American Academy of Dermatology’s Ad Hoc Task Force on COVID-19 is monitoring pandemic developments daily, assessing the impact on practices, and providing guidance most relevant to dermatologists. The most current information is being posted to these pages as we have it. Check back for updates.
In light of the ongoing national health emergency, the government has significantly relaxed regulations around telemedicine so that physicians can continue to provide care to their patients while maintaining the recommended social distance.
Dermatologists who already use teledermatology should be aware that there are new codes available to use.
Dermatologists who are adopting teledermatology to manage the COVID-19 situation can find information on Medicare’s new guidance. In short, physicians can use methods that have not previously been allowed, including commonly used video chat apps like FaceTime and Skype, to see their patients without fear of violating HIPAA rules.
Wondering if your private payers are covering telemedicine? The Academy is tracking payer policy updates (clicking here will open a downloadable spreadsheet).
Your membership allows us to advocate for dermatologists and our patients in Maryland: to have academic lectures and membership meetings, fund our annual grant for residents, and send physicians to AAD leadership training. As my term ends, let me review our achievements of this past year and ask you to continue your commitment to Maryland dermatology.
Let’s celebrate our big public health win this year in the Maryland legislature. After several years of our advocacy, the legislature passed a prohibition on those under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning devices in the state. This will protect the estimated 47,000 Marylanders 18 and under who are using tanning beds every year.
Your membership will help us schedule interesting and informative meetings:
- We plan CME meetings at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland annually;
- We are planning the 2023 Atlantic Derm Conference in Baltimore.
Your membership helps us advocate in Annapolis:
- We lobbied for and the legislature passed a prohibition on indoor tanning by minors in 2019;
- We worked with MedChi to pass a regulatory exemption that continues to allow practices to buffer lidocaine more than one hour ahead of patient administration;
- We screened over 50 patients at the annual skin cancer screening at the State House and used this opportunity to encourage support of the indoor tanning prohibition bill;
- We advocated for increased patient safety concerning Cosmetic Medical Procedure regulations;
- We continued lobbying for inclusion of fair physician payment data in our Maryland All-Payer Model.
Your membership helps us fund resident grants and create leaders:
- We are awarded our 4th annual MDS grant/scholarship for Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland dermatology residents with the recipient receiving up to $5000 for research, education, or scholarly projects in the field of dermatology;
- We have representation on the AAD Advisory Board enabling members of the Society to submit policy proposals to the AAD;
- We send our members to the Academy Leadership Forum.
As you can see, we can accomplish a lot with your $200 membership. Join today on our website or send us a check. Let’s continue to strengthen dermatology in Maryland.
MDS Officers for the 2020-22 term are:
- President – Zain U. Syed, MD
- Vice President – Chikoti M. Wheat, MD
- Immediate Past President – Kelly L. McGuigan, MD
- Executive Director– Russel J. Kujan, MedChi Association Management