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The role of a humanities curriculum in a dermatology residency: A qualitative evaluation of a novel "Dermanities" curriculum [Editorial]

Butt, Melissa; Riley, Marisa; Nawaz, Nanjiba; Van Scoy, Lauren J; Costigan, Heather; Haidet, Paul; Flamm, Alexandra
PMID: 38545492
ISSN: 2666-3287
CID: 5645062

Understanding the Evaluation and Management Add-on Complexity Code

Flamm, Alexandra
ISSN: 0011-4162
CID: 5659772

Updates on coding in dermatology

Flamm, Alexandra; Elston, Dirk; Moody, Brent; Daveluy, Steven; Bridges, Alina; MacCormack, Mollie; Collins, Scott A B; Kaufmann, Mark; Miller, Alexander; Siegel, Daniel M
Correct coding is an important component of effective dermatology practice management. Over the past several years there have been updates to many commonly used codes within dermatology. This review highlights many of these updates, such as: the skin biopsy codes have been subdivided to reflect the different biopsy techniques. The definition of complex linear repairs has been updated and clarified. Outpatient and inpatient evaluation and management visits have new coding guidelines to determine level of care. Dermatopathology consultation codes have been updated and category III codes related to digital pathology have been created. Understanding the details and nuances of each of these categories of codes is vital to ensuring appropriate coding is performed.
PMID: 38663749
ISSN: 1097-6787
CID: 5657772

Examining occupational characteristics of patients with allergic contact dermatitis: A retrospective claims-based analysis

Joshi, Isha; Maczuga, Steve; Flamm, Alexandra
PMID: 37269921
ISSN: 1097-6787
CID: 5543522

Expanding and Strengthening Your Referral Network

Kamrani, Payvand; Flamm, Alexandra
Dermatology referral utilization is increasing, with 15% of dermatology-related visits by primary care resulting in a dermatology referral. Given this, both strengthening an expanding a referral is a key component of a successful dermatology practice. In particular, effective communication is essential for efficient patient-oriented coordinated care. Written and/or verbal communication can help build a strong communication network and, in some instances, can be applied toward Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting and billing for coding families that incorporate the coordination of care. Reaching out directly to referring clinics has also been shown to increase the quantity of referrals. This can include providing clinics with patient handouts on your clinic, education on what information is prioritized within the referral, and educating staff on how to complete their referrals effectively and efficiently. Social media can play an important role in referrals, especially for patients looking for cosmetic care. There are many different platforms, and these can serve as a marketing tool for physicians looking to bring in new patients.
PMID: 37718019
ISSN: 1558-0520
CID: 5620052

Letter from the journal: Improving diagnostic acumen and patient outcomes [Editorial]

Elston, Dirk M; Grant-Kels, Jane M; Levin, Nikki A; Alam, Murad; Brodell, Robert T; Fernandez, Anthony P; Flamm, Alexandra; Hurley, M Yadira; Ratner, Desiree; Schaffer, Julie V; Peebles, Klint; Alexis, Andrew F; James, Alaina J
PMID: 37172734
ISSN: 1097-6787
CID: 5544622

The Future of Patch Testing: Reimbursement Models, Workforce Shortages, and Negotiating in the House of Medicine

Joshi, Isha; Flamm, Alexandra
Purpose of Review: Patch testing is critical to diagnosing allergic contact dermatitis; however, there are barriers that can prevent prompt comprehensive access, including those affecting reimbursement, insurer challenges, and workforce shortages. Recent Findings: Multiple reimbursement models exist within various practice types for patch testing. Insurer limits remain a barrier to comprehensive patch testing in many situations; however, advocacy in this area has led to some improvements. Workforce shortages, within medicine overall, as well as in dermatology and contact dermatitis specialists continue to be a concern. Overall, there are multiple ways to engage in advocacy at the local, state, and national levels to help improve patient access to comprehensive patch testing. Summary: Patch testing is a vital component of appropriate care for allergic contact dermatitis patients. Challenges to ensuring access to patch testing include reimbursement and physician workforce shortages. Advocacy is crucial to addressing these areas, and physician involvement in advocacy efforts is necessary to ensure high-level patient care.
ISSN: 2162-4933
CID: 5568652

Are Dermatology Electives Meeting The Learning Objectives of Rotators?

Patel, Deep; Joshi, Isha; Flamm, Alexandra
ISSN: 2574-1624
CID: 5412492

A virtual dermatology elective for underrepresented in medicine medical students

Chopra, Shara; Simmers, Jocelyn; Kirby, Joslyn; Flamm, Alexandra
ISSN: 1087-2108
CID: 5412482

Internalized skin bias: validation study to explore the impact of the internalization of social stigma on those with hidradenitis suppurativa

Butt, M; Chinchilli, V M; Leslie, D L; Khesroh, E; Helm, M F; Flamm, A; Kirby, J S; Rigby, A
BACKGROUND:Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic auto-inflammatory disease that is highly associated with adverse psychopathology and impaired body image. Previous studies show that patients with HS are also impacted by social stigma associated with their skin disease. Over time, these experiences can influence the way in which patients feel about themselves, leading to internalized skin bias (ISB). OBJECTIVES/OBJECTIVE:To evaluate the validity and reliability of the Internalized Skin Bias Questionnaire (ISBQ) in an HS population and to determine the association of this instrument with markers of HS severity. METHODS:A cross-sectional survey with 72-h retest was sent to adult patients with HS from March to November 2021. Reliability for the ISBQ was evaluated using Cronbach's alpha and the Concordance Correlation Coefficient (CCC). Construct validity was evaluated using Pearson Correlation Coefficients with similar measures. RESULTS:Internal consistency for the ISBQ instrument was 0.89 with a CCC of 0.88. The ISBQ had moderate correlation (r = 0.63) with the experienced skin stigma questionnaire as well as the BDI-II (r = 0.66) and the psychosocial subscale of the HiSQOL (r = 0.65). ISBQ scores differed significantly across different stages of disease severity (P = 0.04). There was no significant difference between those with different durations of disease (P = 0.47). CONCLUSIONS:This study shows that the ISBQ is a valid and reliable instrument that can be used to assess the psychosocial construct of ISB especially in a population of HS patients. Further, ISB places a prevalent negative impact on the psychopathology of patients with HS.
PMID: 35170818
ISSN: 1468-3083
CID: 5412422