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June 2014 Briefing - Dermatology

Last Updated: July 01, 2014.

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for June 2014. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

New Plan Would Permit Doctors to Treat Patients in Other States

MONDAY, June 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A proposal to make it much easier for doctors licensed in one state to treat patients in other states in person, online, or by videoconference has been prepared by the Federation of State Medical Boards, which includes the agencies that license and discipline doctors.

Health Highlights: June 30, 2014

Opportunity for Reduced Antibiotic Use in Acne Treatment

MONDAY, June 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Duration of antibiotic use for acne appears to be decreasing; however, nearly one-fifth of courses exceed six months, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Support for Childhood Sunscreen Use to Prevent Adult Melanoma

MONDAY, June 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Use of a sun protection factor (SPF) 15 lotion is associated with a 10-fold reduction in the incidence of melanocytic nevi in a laboratory opossum model, according to an experimental study published online June 15 in Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research.

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UnitedHealth Cutting More Docs From Medicare Advantage

FRIDAY, June 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- UnitedHealth Group's Medicare Advantage network has begun notifying physicians of a new wave of cuts to its network, according to an article published June 17 in Medical Economics.

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Court: Patients Responsible for Outcomes of Risky Behavior

FRIDAY, June 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that patients can be at least partially responsible for their health outcomes resulting from their own unhealthy behavior, according to the American Medical Association (AMA), which supported the physicians in the case.

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Almost Three-Quarters of Skin Cancers OK for Mohs Surgery

FRIDAY, June 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Application of recently published appropriate-use criteria suggests Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) can be used in nearly three-quarters of skin cancers, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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FDA: Acne Products Can Trigger Severe Allergic Reactions

THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some popular over-the-counter acne treatments can cause severe irritation or even potentially life-threatening allergic reactions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. These topical products contain the active ingredients benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid and are marketed under brand names such as Proactiv, Neutrogena, MaxClarity, Oxy, Ambi, Aveeno, and Clean & Clear, the FDA said.

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Tips Offered for Improving Practice Productivity

THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Four steps can be utilized to improve practice productivity, according to an article published June 24 in Medical Economics.

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Wikipedia Drug Entries Often Not Up-to-Date

THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients frequently turn to digital media for drug information; however, many Wikipedia entries about medications aren't up-to-date and accurate, according to a perspective piece published in the June 26 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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FDA Presents Guidance on Use of Nanotechnology in Industry

THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released three final guidance documents and one draft guidance document in an effort to provide greater regulatory clarity for industry on the use of nanotechnology.

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Medicaid Backlog May Have Financial Ramifications

TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There is a considerable backlog in Medicaid enrollment applications, which may have financial ramifications on physicians and practices, according to an article published online June 10 in Medical Economics.

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CMS Launches Initiative to Assist Newly Insured

MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A national initiative has been launched to help answer questions that people may have about their new health coverage and to offer health providers the tools needed to promote patient engagement, according to a press release from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Sivextro Approved for Adult Acute Bacterial Skin Infections

MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The antibiotic Sivextro (tedizolid phosphate) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with serious-to-severe skin and skin structure infections.

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Teen Tanning Bed Exposure Ups Early-Onset Skin Cancer Risk

MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Early exposure to indoor tanning during adolescence or young adulthood increases the risk of early development of basal cell carcinoma (BCC), according to a study published June 23 in Pediatrics.

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Complex Electronic Record Safety Issues Surface Long After Launch

MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic health record-related safety concerns involving both unsafe technology and unsafe use of technology persist long after "go-live," according to a study published online June 20 in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

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Guidance Offered for Protection When Firing Employees

FRIDAY, June 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Steps can be taken to protect employers in the case of termination of an employee, according to an article published online June 10 in Medical Economics.

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NCHS: Insurance Coverage Expands, Gaps Remain

THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two new U.S. government reports provide a statistical snapshot of health and health insurance coverage in 2013, before new coverage options took effect under the Affordable Care Act.

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ACA May Mean Healthier Young Adults, Study Suggests

WEDNESDAY, June 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A popular provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows young adults to stay on a parent's health insurance plan up to age 26 may be good for their health and financial security, a new study suggests. The study was published as a research letter in the June 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Tips Offered for Finding Buyer for Medical Practice

TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Suggestions are provided for finding a buyer for a medical practice in an article published online June 10 in Medical Economics.

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U.S. Health Care System Ranked Last Again: Report

MONDAY, June 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The United States' health system once again comes in last when compared to 10 other rich nations, according to the latest Commonwealth Fund report on the issue.

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Clinicians Often Fail to Empathize After Adverse Event

MONDAY, June 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The health care industry is recognizing the benefits of prompt and transparent physician communication with patients and families about bad outcomes, according to an article published June 10 in Medical Economics.

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Physician Leadership, Ownership Dominates ACOs

MONDAY, June 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians are playing strong leadership and ownership roles in accountable care organizations (ACOs), according to research published in the June issue of Health Affairs.

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HHS Inspector General Finds Big Problem With Medicare Coding

FRIDAY, June 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 42 percent of Medicare claims for evaluation and management (E/M) services are incorrectly coded, according to an article published June 2 in Medical Economics.

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Lymphoseek Approved for Diagnosing Cancer Severity

FRIDAY, June 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for the Lymphoseek imaging agent (technetium 99m tilmanocept) has been expanded to determine if squamous cell carcinoma has spread to the head and neck, and to what extent, the FDA said Friday.

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Researchers Hesitant to Use Social Media to Show Findings

FRIDAY, June 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers remain uncertain about the use of social media to communicate their findings to policy makers, according to research published online June 6 in Health Affairs.

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Data From EHRs Should Be Used to Improve Patient Care

THURSDAY, June 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The data from electronic health records (EHRs) should be utilized to improve the quality of patient care, according to an article published online June 10 in Medical Economics.

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Brodalumab Effective for Psoriatic Arthritis

THURSDAY, June 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The monoclonal antibody brodalumab significantly improves response rates among patients with psoriatic arthritis, according to a phase 2 study published in the June 12 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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FDA Approves New Nail Fungus Treatment

WEDNESDAY, June 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new topical nail fungus treatment, Jublia, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Health Highlights: June 11, 2014

Moles May Be Harbinger of Higher Breast Cancer Risk

WEDNESDAY, June 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of moles a woman has on her skin may hint at her risk of developing breast cancer, new research suggests.

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Millions Will Not Have to Pay ACA Tax Penalties: Report

TUESDAY, June 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although an estimated 30 million people will still be uninsured in 2016, only four million are expected to pay penalties, according to the latest report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

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Incentives May Lead to Greater Support for Practice Goals

MONDAY, June 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Incentives may aid employees in meeting practice goals, according to an article published May 23 in Medical Economics.

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Veterans Affected by Scandal May Seek Private Care

FRIDAY, June 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The recent scandal at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may lead to more veteran visits to private physicians and community health centers, according to an article published June 2 in Medical Economics.

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Physician Political Contributions Are Increasing, Shifting

FRIDAY, June 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The political alignment of physicians in the United States has shifted from predominantly Republican to predominantly Democrat, based in part on the larger number of women physicians and smaller percentage of physicians practicing solo or in small practices, according to research published online June 2 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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High Recurrence Risk With Severe Cutaneous Adverse Reactions

FRIDAY, June 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of recurrent episodes of Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) is substantially higher than the risk of a first episode in the general population, according to a research letter published in the June 4 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Many 'Inconsistencies' in ACA Sign-Ups: Report

THURSDAY, June 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new government document finds that more than a quarter of the eight million people who signed up for coverage under the Obama Administration's new health care law have "inconsistencies" in the data they supplied.

Health Highlights: June 5, 2014

New Agents Found Noninferior to Vancomycin for Skin Infection

THURSDAY, June 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two lipoglycopeptide agents that are active against gram-positive bacteria, dalbavancin and oritavancin, are noninferior to daily vancomycin for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin-structure infections, according to two studies published in the June 5 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Claim Denials Expected to Increase

WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Even with good office procedures, most practices are plagued by claim denials, a hassle that is expected to increase in the coming years, according to an article published May 8 in Medical Economics.

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Most Physicians Would Forgo Aggressive Treatment

WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although physicians regularly recommend high-intensity, aggressive, life-prolonging care for their terminally ill patients, the vast majority would choose to forgo such care for themselves at the end of life, according to a study published online May 28 in PLOS ONE.

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Even Without Burning, Indoor Tanning Ups Risk of Melanoma

WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Indoor tanning, even without burns, increases the risk of melanoma, according to a study published online May 28 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Number of Cancer Survivors Projected to Grow in the U.S.

WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Factors such as the aging and growth of the population accompanied by improvements in early detection and treatment are expected to contribute to the growth of the number of cancer survivors in the United States, according to research published online June 1 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

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EHRs Can Be Used to Boost Practice Revenue

TUESDAY, June 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Practices can achieve return on investment (ROI) for implementation of electronic health record (EHR) systems if they participate in alternative delivery models, according to an article published May 8 in Medical Economics.

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