November 25, 2015
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ASDSA Patient Safety Hero awards recognize truth in advertising legislation, Kybella testimony

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The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association announced its Patient Safety Hero award recipients in a recent press release.

“This year’s honorees made a real difference in enhancing patient safety,” Naomi Lawrence, MD, ASDSA president, stated in the release. “ASDSA is proud to salute their efforts in this critically important advocacy role.”

The awards were announced at the ASDS annual meeting in Chicago and “recognize leaders who have taken an active role in the promotion and protection of patient safety in dermatologic procedures.”

ASDSA presented the State Dermatological Society Patient Safety Hero award to the Nebraska Dermatology Society for its work to pass Legislative Bill 452 containing amendments to the Uniform Credentialing Act that set new truth in advertising standards, according to the release.

The legislation requires health care advertisers to clearly state their credentials and refrain from false or misleading advertising, according to the release.

“Patients weighing decisions that affect their medical care deserve access to accurate and straightforward information,” Lawrence stated in the release.

Physician Patient Hero awards were given to Lawrence J. Green, MD, and David J. Watts, MD.

Green has worked in Maryland on several patient safety issues, assisted the Resident State Advocacy Work Group with educational videos and testified before the FDA on behalf of ASDSA regarding Kybella (deoxycholic acid, Allergan) which was approved in April to treat submental fullness, according to the release. Green chairs the ASDSA Research and Policy Priorities Work Group.

Watts was active in passing the truth in advertising bill in Nebraska, and is member of the ASDSA State Affairs Work Group, according to the release.

A sponsor of the truth in advertising bill, Nebraska State Sen. Robert Hilkemann, was recognized as the State Legislative Patient Safety Hero. He was to receive his award at the Nebraska Medical Association Annual Membership Meeting, the release reported.

The ASDSA is an advocacy arm of the ASDS for patient safety and access to quality care, skin cancer prevention and education, and fair and appropriate office-based surgery regulation.