COVID-19 Communications

October 28, 2020

An update from our Chief Medical Officer: Click HERE to read more.

October 15, 2020

An update from our Chief Medical Officer: Click HERE to read more.

September 24, 2020

An update from our Chief Medical Officer: A couple weeks following Labor Day and predictably the case counts across the country are rising, primarily in the Midwest but in 33 states total. We know that social engagement and close contact without masks greatly increase transmission…

September 11, 2020

An update from our Chief Medical Officer: This has been a strange week; bookended on Monday by a Labor Day holiday during which we all relax, celebrate, and honor the American workforce responsible for the achievements of the United States, and on Friday by a…

August 26, 2020

An update from our Chief Medical Officer: It appears that the universal masking across the country is starting to produce the intended results, with overall US case counts declining this week. The majority of cases are now seen in younger adults with less overall severity…

August 13, 2020

An update from our Chief Medical Officer: I have read more lately about the current state of summer doldrums and pandemic fatigue, and I can definitely relate. We are all anxious for schools to open, business to thrive, sports to resume play, movie theaters to…

July 30, 2020

An update from our Chief Medical Officer: Summer is rolling on and many of us are transitioning to back-to-school preparations. Along with binders, pens and notebooks, please ensure you add cloth face masks, Kleenex and hand sanitizer to your shopping lists! It has become clear…

July 16, 2020

An update from our Chief Medical Officer: Given the current rapid pace of change and several important recent reports in the medical literature and the news, I wanted to provide another focused medical update to our QualDerm community. Aerosol Transmission debate JAMA Editorial July 13…

July 9, 2020

An update from our Chief Medical Officer: I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing July 4th holiday weekend. COVID-19 has now surpassed the 4-month mark for QualDerm and I know that we all appreciated the break, however short. For those with upcoming summer vacation…

June 26, 2020

An update from our Chief Medical Officer: The COVID-19 pandemic continues to require our close attention and ongoing vigilance. On Wednesday the US case count reached a new record high and over half the states now show increasing numbers, including QualDerm markets in GA, NC…

June 12, 2020

An update from our Chief Medical Officer: A lot has transpired in the last two weeks since my last update. The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly, in some ways both predictable and not. Undoubtedly and thankfully, our collective mitigation efforts have flattened the national…

May 29, 2020

An update from our Chief Medical Officer: It seems like a long time since my last update and I continue to keep all our QDP team members in my thoughts. I am pleased to hear from the management team that practice reopenings are progressing well.…

May 11, 2020

An update from our Chief Medical Officer: “It’s not the strongest species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one that’s most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin If this pandemic doesn’t qualify as “change” then nothing does. It may become the most defining moment…

May 4, 2020

An update from our Chief Medical Officer: May ‘the Fourth be with you’! Monday May 4th is a holy day of obligation for Star Wars fans around the world and perhaps an appropriate proclamation for what’s happening in America, as almost half of the United…

April 27, 2020

An update from our Chief Medical Officer: I hope everyone had a good weekend and is starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel. While we are nowhere close to a return to normal, our responsible actions as a society over the…

April 20, 2020

An update from our Chief Medical Officer: Many of our providers are probably aware of the American Academy of Dermatology’s new COVID-19 Dermatology Registry. Given the recent identification of many dermatologic manifestations of COVID-19 infection, the AAD is compiling a registry of these cases and I…

April 15, 2020

An update from our Chief Medical Officer: I hope everyone remains in good health and spirits, despite the very trying times. I know that I will be grateful for the end of social isolation, whenever that time comes, although I admit to enjoying the unexpected…

April 9, 2020

An update from our Chief Medical Officer: One of the most important traits for a company, particularly during a crisis, is to instill an environment and culture of open dialogue and communication. As Bill noted in his last CEO message, we won’t always get everything…

April 6, 2020

An update from our Chief Medical Officer: The CDC provides these simple ‘do it yourself’ instructions for making an appropriate personal mask. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/DIY-cloth-face-covering-instructions.pdf The Surgeon General provides this YouTube video on how to make a simple cloth face covering. https://youtu.be/tPx1yqvJgf4 If any QDP employee or…

April 3, 2020

An update from our Chief Medical Officer: It’s been a tumultuous week for everyone, but at least we are one week closer to the recovery phase for all. The Governors in TN and GA (among others) enacted “Stay-at-Home” orders so all QDP markets are now…

April 1, 2020

An update from our Chief Medical Officer: Just a quick update regarding modifications to the screening language (red below) used in our EMRs and Relatient patient notification system. Given the changing landscape of COVID-19 transmission and the newly recognized loss of taste and smell that…

March 30, 2020

An update from our Chief Medical Officer: I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the Spring weather and take a bit of a break from the news this weekend. I know this past week was especially challenging for our entire QualDerm workforce.  As the…

March 25, 2020

An update from our Quality Council and Chief Medical Officer: The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has updated its website and revised some guidance related to the COVID-19 crisis. Most importantly is a revision of the iPledge requirements regarding pregnancy testing that better allow for…

March 24, 2020

A Letter to the Editor entitled Dermatology practices as vectors for COVID-19 transmission: a call for immediate cessation of non-emergent dermatology visits was published online Monday in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. It calls for all dermatologists and practices to immediately cease…

March 19, 2020

An update from our Quality Council and Chief Medical Officer: Our Quality Council met Wednesday night and the following was discussed: Considering further guidance on ‘medically necessary’ care for medical and surgical dermatology, given directives to reduce elective care and office visits Reviewed feedback from…

March 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is a significant challenge for everyone in this country and around the world. Life for all of us will change for some unforeseeable time as the facts are fluid and the situation ever evolving. There are a few things I want to…

March 13, 2020

We wanted to provide another update related to the CoronaVirus (COVID-19). We are meeting daily as a leadership group to monitor the ever changing landscape. We have engaged the help of our Quality Council to make sure we are doing everything we can to help…

March 7, 2020

The American Academy of Dermatology and the American College of Mohs Surgery are preparing for their upcoming annual meetings and have communicated information about preparations and precautions. Both societies are planning to proceed with the conferences and are taking all precautionary measures possible to ensure…

March 4, 2020

We want to provide this update on the current COVID19 situation, both within our company, and across the nation. As always, we recommend the CDC website for the most accurate, updated information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. We would also recommend reading the very informative full transcript from the…

February 28, 2020

We know this can be a stressful time for everyone, including patients, providers and support staff and QualDerm Partners is here to support all employees and provide a safe environment.   We would like to share the most recent, updated and accurate information from the…