Dermatology Practice Management Enhancement: Implications for Dermatology in the Age of Managed Care
Health care delivery in the United States has changed dramatically during the past 10 years. Dermatologists are faced with challenging changes in the way they learn new skills, practice, and provide dermatologlc care. Dermatologists can survive and flourish in this environment if they learn proper management and enhancement skills. These skills include proper coding and documentation, regulatory compliance, and new levels of practice effectiveness and efficiency. Dermatologists can offer also the benefit of cosmetic procedures and ethical office-based dispensing to their patients. Greater future unification of this specialty will allow dermatology to flourish and show its need, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.