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In response to the JAMA Dermatology article “Scope of Practice Procedures Independently Billed by Mid-Level Providers in the Office Setting” released online on August 11, 2014, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has reiterated its position in support of a physician-led care team approach to patient care.

This article studied billing practices of nurse practitioners and physician...

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AAD Responds to Scope of Practice Concerns

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The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has joined forces with television network ITN and ABC’s Lincoln Square Productions to create a dedicated news program on plastic surgery. National newsreader Page Hopkins will anchor the program and introduce interviews with key players in both the cosmetic and reconstructive sides of plastic surgery.

The aim of the program, according to the ASPS, is to delve deeper into the issues affecting the industry and bring them to life with a look at innovative ways of ensuring patient safety, collaborating with other parts of healthcare and framing future research in plastic surgery. The program will also look at the stigmas attached to surgery, and the positive ways in which the sector is contributing to people’s lives—particularly after serious accidents or life-threatening illness.

ITN Productions and ABC’s Lincoln Square Studios have commissioned the news program. Simon Shelley, director of programming at ITN Productions, will oversee the editorial. “We’re delighted to be partnering with the ASPS, creating a voice on the major themes in plastic surgery, but most of all ensuring that the scope of the specialty and the effect it has on people’s lives is understood,” said...

AAD Responds to Scope of Practice Concerns

In response to the JAMA Dermatology article “Scope of Practice Procedures Independently Billed by Mid-Level Providers in the Office Setting” released online on August 11, 2014, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has reiterated its position in support of a physician-led care team approach to patient care.

This article studied billing practices of nurse practitioners and physician assistants over a one-year period and suggests that these providers may be performing certain invasive and/or complex procedures without the on-site involvement of a physician.

“The American Academy of Dermatology supports a dermatologist-led care team. We know that many dermatologists employ and appropriately supervise nurse practitioners and physician assistants as part of their integrated team to help provide care for an expanding number of patients, and we support this practice,” said Mark Lebwohl, MD, FAAD, president-elect of the Academy. “However, the billing patterns reported in this article bring provocative and concerning questions to the table regarding the supervision of procedures performed by some non-physician clinicians in the office setting.”

The AAD’s practice guidelines state that a...

Timothy W. Baker Named President of Cynosure

The Board of Directors of device manufacturer Cynosure has promoted executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer Timothy W. Baker, MBA, to president of the company, effective August 1, 2014. Baker, 53, will continue to serve as CFO and will take the title of president from Michael Davin, who remains chairman and CEO.

"Tim has been a valued member of Cynosure's leadership team since joining the company as executive vice president and CFO in 2004," Davin said. "He is focused on continuously improving our financial and operating performance and committed to delivering value for our shareholders. Tim played a key strategic role in our June 2013 acquisition of Palomar Medical Technologies; his operational skills and business expertise were keys to successfully completing the integration in just 12 months. We congratulate Tim on this well-deserved promotion."

Before joining Cynosure, Baker—a certified public accountant with an MBA in operations management—worked with Stryker Biotech, Photoelectron Corporation, and surgical device provider Radionics.

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