Medical Dermatology:

Dermatology Treatment Center

A unique and comprehensive program, the U-M Dermatology Treatment Center (DTC) is U-M Dermatology's premier effort in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions. The DTC provides intensive dermatologic therapy and special services for a single daily rate. DTC patients receive therapy similar to that used within the U-M Hospitals Dermatology Consultative Inpatient Service, yet have the option of returning home at night, or accommodations at a nearby hotel may be covered by the Department if the patient meets mileage qualifications. The DTC is located in our convenient Domino's Farms office.

In our multidisciplinary approach, emphasis is placed on wellness, education and social support, and individualized nursing care. Amenities to make you comfortable include a kitchen, recreational facilities, television and free parking.

Psoriasis patients also receive care on an outpatient basis in our Phototherapy Unit or through therapy plans we recommend to their community physicians.

About the Dermatology Treatment Center

The DTC is an innovative, effective and convenient program for select patients with skin disorders. Patients admitted to the DTC benefit from a uniquely comprehensive program that provides intensive dermatologic therapy and special services for a single daily rate.

The DTC is designed for, yet not limited to, patients who have previously required hospitalization for their disease. Patients are scheduled six days per week (Monday through Saturday) and should plan to attend for an average of two to four consecutive weeks. Every effort is made to accommodate individual patient needs when scheduling treatment hours. Two key advantages of the DTC program are its convenience and its emphasis on wellness.

All treatment is provided within the DTC, in a fully equipped, self-contained suite that allows for privacy and individualized patient care. The DTC also offers an attractive, comfortable setting furnished with amenities that serve our patients as thoroughly as possible.

Included in the program are:

  • A modified Goeckerman regimen, including all applied medications
  • Complete and individualized nursing care
  • Lunch is provided
  • Kitchen facilities, including a microwave oven
  • Cable television, radio and DVD player
  • Free parking

 Procedures and Treatments

The Dermatology Treatment Center uses the modified Goeckerman regimen to treat skin disorders. This includes topical creams and medications, scalp treatments and ultraviolet light therapy. All patient care is provided by nursing personnel and physicians who specialize in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions. Patients receive individualized nursing care to ensure that patients' needs are met. Each daily session requires six to eight hours of treatment. The DTC nursing staff provides individual and group instruction so that by the time of discharge, each patient is taught proper skin care. The DTC program also offers a strong emphasis on disease management and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This health care team approach is designed to provide a supportive, educational environment aimed at prolonging remission of the patient's skin condition.

Results

Excellent improvement of the skin is typically seen by the end of the third week of treatment. Most patients can expect remissions of several months to a year following treatment.

Additionally the DTC program emphasizes disease management and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The DTC nursing staff provides individual and group instruction so that by the time of discharge, each patient is taught proper skin care. This health care team approach is designed to provide a supportive, educational environment aimed at prolonging remission of the patient's skin condition.

Eligibility

To determine eligibility for the program, patients are sent for consultation by their referring physician to Michigan Medicine's Department of Dermatology Clinics for initial evaluation. Patients with severe cases or other uncontrolled medical problems do not qualify as candidates for treatment in the DTC and require hospitalization to achieve comparable results. After a few days in the hospital many such patients, when permitted by their insurance, can be transferred to the DTC for the remainder of their therapy.

What makes the DTC different from an inpatient stay?

Patients who are eligible for admission to the DTC receive individualized therapy similar to that used within the U-M Hospitals Dermatology Inpatient Service, however they are able to return to their homes at night, or accommodations at a nearby hotel may be covered by the Department if the patient meets mileage qualifications. The DTC provides intensive therapy in a self-contained, relaxed and comfortable setting.

Insurance Coverage

Many insurance carriers recognize the DTC as an innovative and cost-effective alternative to hospitalization, but not all insurances will approve a DTC stay. Our staff will provide assistance to determine if your insurance will authorize this treatment, following your clinic evaluation.