Cosmetic procedures are back, plus COVID-19 expenses get billing codes

Thursday, September 17, 2020

As lockdown restrictions are lifted, many dermatologists are resuming elective cosmetic procedures. Candrice Heath, MD, (@DrCandriceHeath) talks to Anthony M. Rossi, MD, (@DrAnthonyRossi) about the procedures patients are seeking while they have downtime as well as how physicians can safely treat these patients and conduct follow-up. They also discuss the prevalence of mask acne, known as “maskne,” during the pandemic. “We’re starting to put people on these acne regimens again. ... People who haven’t dealt with acne in a while or really never had it, we have to be putting them on a retinoid, a good skin regimen, because of all the irritation [and] the occlusion—[maskne] is real,” Dr. Rossi explains.

This week in dermatology news:

  1. No one-size-fits-all approach to tissue-tightening devices (https://bit.ly/32AsJmA)
  2. New billing code for added COVID practice expense (https://bit.ly/3cb6oz9)
    AMA COVID-19 Billing PDF: https://bit.ly/32yaIVX
  3. Physician income drops, burnout spikes globally in pandemic (https://bit.ly/3c2HAsY)
    Medscape Survey: https://wb.md/3klThhu

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Hosts: Nick Andrews; Candrice R. Heath, MD (Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia)

Guests: Anthony M. Rossi, MD (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medicine, New York)

Disclosures: Dr. Heath and Dr. Rossi report no conflicts of interest.

Show notes by: Alicia Sonners, Melissa Sears

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Vincent A. DeLeo, MD
Vincent A. DeLeo, MD, is from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York. He also is the editor in chief of Cutis and the author of more than 200 publications. He is a leading expert on contact dermatitis, sunscreens, and photosensitivity. Dr. DeLeo is a consultant for Estée Lauder.