Paula Nelson, MD, has been a dermatologist for more than two decades. Like many doctors in the field of dermatology, Paula Nelson, MD, is part of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and has been since 1994.
Advocacy is one of pillars of the AAD’s work, as the AAD stays in contact with state and national legislative bodies regarding its regulatory priorities. Two major priorities of the AAD for 2018’s legislative sessions include regulatory relief for dermatologists and other healthcare professionals, as well as patient access to healthcare and treatment.
On the regulatory axis, the AAD seeks healthcare solutions that work for the dermatology field in particular. The organization’s priorities include preservation of the fee-for-service model as a viable payment option for some specialties, including dermatology, as well as physician-led policy design. The organization also hopes to reduce the amount of physician time spent on documentation and record keeping.
In the area of patient access to care, the AAD seeks to reduce barriers to some forms of treatment. The Academy also seeks to lift restrictions on in-office compounding, as well as formulary restrictions and step therapy. The organization also hopes for increased price transparency in medical care.