No matter what cosmetic procedures an individual practice may offer, financial balance is key in your offerings. Offering an array of procedures at varying costs should increase the likelihood of patients coming in the door and eventually migrating to other, more involved types of cosmetic procedures. Read More…



Calcitriol ointment may become a first-line monotherapy option for traditionally sensitive areas. "The face and body folds-breast and groin folds-are certainly an area of concern for physicians, because you can't use anything more than just a mild corticosteroid due to risk of atrophy," Alan Menter, MD notes. "I would imagine calcitriol ointment in the long-term is going to be a very valuable addition for those areas." Read More…



Perhaps the greatest difficulty for physicians who are just setting out to adopt EHR will be not to fall behind the curve of EHR normalization in medical practice. But physiciansalso should not be too far ahead, either, since the free market has not determined which EHR companies will emerge as leaders in innovation in dermatology and general medicine. Read More…



Studies show that BPO concentrations of 2.5% may be as effective as 5% or 10% concentrations in reducing the number of inflammatory lesions of acne and significantly reduce P. acnes counts after one week of topical application to the face. As a result, it is generally recommended to initiate treatment with a low concentration of BPO to minimize local side effects. Read More…



Due to risks of myalgias or arthralgias, athletes who are isotretinoin candidates and are playing contact sports may be best served by using the agent during the off-season. Read More…



It is important to clearly set the patient's expectations that unlike the HA gels, collagen is much more structural in nature with the result that it is more easily palpable for longer period of time. Without coaching and education, the provider runs the risk of the patient confusing the palpability of the product with lumps and bumps. Read More…



Immediate access to physicians, charts, other employees and patients can be a negative for billing staff. Easy access can create bad habits among billing clerks and physicians that may lead to compliance issues. Read More…



Propanolol is a novel therapy for infantile hemangiomas still in its early trial phase. It is thought that vasoconstriction, decreased expression of vascular growth factor genes, and induction of apoptosis may be involved. Important side effects of propranolol include hypotension and bradycardia, which can mask the physical signs of hypoglycemia. Thus, propranolol should be used with caution. Read More…



If you have an e-prescribing system that meets CMS Incentive requirements, use it and report it. If you are considering purchasing a prescription writing system or an EMR system e-prescribing capability, make certain the system meets the CMS requirements. Read More…