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).