Top Doctors Make a Difference

How important is obtaining quality healthcare for you and your family?  Most people would agree that taking a chance with their healthcare is a bad idea. Yet we do not always receive top-quality care when visiting a doctor or hospital and too often patients simply don’t know how to find the best doctor to deliver the best care.

According to Castle Connolly, “some people believe that patient ratings are the best source of information on doctors. Unfortunately, that is a misguided assumption. Patients may be able to rate a doctor’s “bedside manner,” but they know little about the complexity of medical care.”

As Marty Makarty, M.D. a surgeon at John Hopkins, wrote in his widely acclaimed book Unaccountable; “So how does a patient who hasn’t been to medical school find the best care? The only real way to judge health care quality is to ask health professionals who work closely with doctors daily.”

Every year Washingtonian Magazine selects the best doctors in the Washington, DC area, as voted by area doctors.  Dr. Brenda Dintiman, co-founder of DermUtopia has been named again this year as a “Best Doctor”.  Dr. Dintiman has consistently won Top Doc awards. Washingtonian Magazine awarded Dr. Dintiman this prestigious award each year from 1999 through 2015. In 2016 she also received the Top Doc Award from Northern Virginia Magazine.

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DermUtopia Co-founder Christine Shanahan presenting findings at the University of Virginia School of Medicine

Christine Shanahan found herself drawn to the medical field and specifically dermatology as a young child. At the age of 16, she was given the opportunity to travel to the mountain towns outside of Acapulco, Mexico to assist volunteering dermatologists as they provided care for the underserved residents of the area. This experience highlighted that access to medical care is a worldwide problem. As a result, she was motivated to develop solutions to this problem. Her interest in healthcare remained constant throughout her years at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, guiding her to complete a BS degree in Neuroscience with a pre-medical concentration.

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Excerpt from Dermatology World – April 2015:

While 90 percent of respondents reported that their organizations have already begun developing or implementing a telemedicine program, 41 percent said their organizations do not receive any reimbursement for these services. Twenty percent of executives reported receiving lower rates from managed care companies for telemedicine than in-person visits. Medicare’s thin coverage practices for telemedicine were the biggest reimbursement concern for 21 percent of respondents while 18 percent said they were most uneasy about state laws failing to mandate that commercial companies pay for such services.

That is the same message Brenda Dintiman, MD, a dermatologist from Fairfax, Virginia who testified as a small practitioner on behalf of the AAD, delivered before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology.

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