About 1 year ago in a packed meeting room in Denver, dermatologist Brett Coldiron, MD, FAAD, addressed the members of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) as their incoming president. His tone was urgent and his message was realistic, if not utterly sobering.
The specialty of dermatology was in jeopardy, and both physicians and patients were at risk, he warned. Threats included changes in health care reimbursement patterns, the ever-narrowing dermatology Medicare Advantage networks, the demise of the global period, and the proliferation of unskilled practitioners trying to cash in on cash-pay cosmetic skin procedures.
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