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As you may already know, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recently announced its new initiative, the DermCare Team. Unfortunately, participation in the initiative requires teams to sign an attestation that is restrictive to PA practice.

AAPA and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA) sent a letter to AAD requesting that AAD either remove the attestation requirement or update its antiquated policy. Although an initial response from AAD staff indicated that there may be some room to negotiate, at this point we have seen no official change in AAD’s plan for the DermCare Team. AAPA and SDPA continue to work on a solution to this issue and we will notify you if a resolution is developed.

If the dermatologists in your practice have not already received an invitation to attend the “AAD DermCare Team Luncheon” on Friday, March 20, 2015, as part of the AAD annual meeting in San Francisco, they will soon. We encourage you to talk with the dermatologists you work with about how this program has potential to limit team practice and urge them not to sign up for it at this time.

For more information on this issue, please contact:

Vicki Roberts, MPAS, PA-C, President, SDPA

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