Dermatology

What is an oil cleansing balm?An oil-based cleaning system, oil cleansing balms are creams similar to cold cream in consistency , says Dr. Zoe Diana Draelos in her monthly Dermatology Times column, "Cosmetic Conundrums."
Is this a HIPAA Violation?Two years ago, Dr. Beauty hired several independent contractors on an hourly basis to improve the marketing of his practice. In order to provide them easy patient demographic accessibility, he provided them full access to his patients’ electronic medical records. One patient became aware and filed a HIPAA complaint. Dr. Beauty feels that although the involved activity may represent HIPAA violations, no penalties have been assessed to small practices such as his. Is this true?
The business of dermatologyIt goes without saying that medical students and residents receive invaluable training that prepares them to provide high-quality care to their patients. For the vast majority of physicians the quality of medical education training they receive is not accompanied by a similar level of business training.
Clinical photography dos and don'ts
Clinical photography dos and don'tsThe need for clear images of cutaneous conditions is more critical in dermatology than perhaps any other specialty. In this article, we feature the photography of Dr. Justin Finch who leads the clinical photography program in dermatology at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Conn. Dr. Finch shares his photography tips in this “How To” guide.
Opposition to looming compounding practice changesIn this article, Dr. Murad Alam, M.D., president elect of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, addresses how changes in federal and state regulations that govern compounding medications could impact physicians and patients.
Healthcare in the cloudToday, medical practices are considering cloud services for everything from revenue cycle management to patient engagement tools. HIMSS Analytics reports that the number of healthcare provider organizations planning to use the cloud for back office functions has jumped from 22-46% within two years.
FDA moves to regulate medicines produced in bulkThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a draft guidance in March proposing to regulate medicines that are produced in bulk by compounding pharmacies.
FDA approves a new, more powerful psoriasis drug“As we move toward finding a cure for psoriasis, what we are looking for are high performance drugs that provide durable response in between treatments and that lend themselves to patient compliance,” says Dr. George Martin.
Modest increase in risk of death with ADResearchers suggest that an assessment of cardiovascular risk factors in the atopic dermatitis patient population is prudent.
Skin microbiome: More fragile, less diverse in urban areasThe decrease in the diversity of skin microbiome in megacities may contribute to a higher incidence of skin diseases in more urbanized environments, researchers report.