ASDSA connects with state legislators during
ASDSA exhibited at
the National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative
Summit and promoted SUNucate to state
legislators. Connections with countless legislators were made, and implementing
SUNucate and skin cancer prevention were hot topics. ASDSA was part of the
Physicians Advocating for Patients booth, along with AADA (who provided
free skin cancer screenings to attendees).
Additionally, ASDSA hosted— along with the Personal
Care Products Council (PCPC), a SUNucate supporter, and AADA— a reception to
thank legislators who had worked on SUNucate in their state and provided
information to others interested for the next legislative session. ASDSA
President Thomas E. Rohrer, MD, spoke to the crowd about the importance of skin
cancer prevention, and also introduced fellow Massachusetts residents, AADA
President-elect Suzanne M. Olbricht, MD, and State Senator Julian Cyr, the MA SUNucate bill sponsor. Pictured above: Suzanne M. Olbricht, MD,
Sen. Julian Cyr and ASDSA President Thomas E. Rohrer,
skin cancer screenings with Congress at home kicks off
A new ASDSA
initiative to provide skin cancer screenings in Congressional districts had its
official “kick off” with a Health and Wellness Fair hosted by Rep. Brad
Schneider (D-IL). ASDSA is now offering to assist legislators with finding
dermatologic surgeons to perform free skin cancer screenings in their districts.
Feedback from Rep. Schneider’s office was overwhelmingly positive, with 80% of
attendees finding the fair helpful. Deputy District Director Greg Claus stated
that ASDSA had one of the best booths and that if skin cancer was caught in one
attendee “then this was a major success.”
Thanks to Amy L. Brodsky, MD
(pictured above with Rep. Schneider), and Cynthia Abban, MD, PhD, who
volunteered their Saturday afternoon to provide screenings. If you would be
interested in volunteering for this initiative, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASDSA during the Annual Meeting in Chicago!
ASDSA is excited to be offering advocacy and practice
affairs sessions during the ASDS
Annual Meeting, along with a Beach Party to highlight our SUNucate
successes. Both education sessions are complimentary and seating is on a
first-come, first-serve basis.
Don’t miss our Beach
Party in the ASDS/ASDSA Resource Center Booth— booth 616— on Thurs., Oct. 5, in
the exhibit hall from 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Come play games and learn about SUNucate
and our model
bill; the first 100 members to join us will also receive a pair of
sunglasses. We hope to see you there!
- Effective Advocacy in Congressional Offices:
the ASDSA Virtual Fly-in Experience: Members of the Federal Affairs
Work Group will share their experience working in Congress and provide helpful
tips for talking to your legislator about
ASDSA advocacy efforts (Thurs., Oct. 5, 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.)
- Dermatologic Surgery Reimbursement and Coding
Update: Attendees will gain an understanding of correct CPT coding for
reimbursement, focusing on reconstructive surgery and special anatomic location
coding (Fri., Oct. 6, 1:45 – 3:00 p.m.)
member resource demonstrates dermatologic surgeons as the
The Value Analysis
Task Force created a member-resource
to demonstrate the value of dermatologic surgeons as the experts when it
comes to skin and cosmetic surgery. Members are encouraged to not only share
with patients, but also when meeting with legislators. The infographic cites
lower complication rates, safer in-office treatments and cost-effectiveness of
treating skin cancer in an outpatient setting.
and EHR Incentive Hardship Exceptions now available
The Quality Payment Program (QPP) Hardship Exception
Application for the 2017 transition year is now available on the QPP
website. MIPS eligible providers and groups may qualify for a reweighting of
their Advancing Care Information (ACI) performance category score to 0% of the
final score and can submit the application for one
of the specified reasons:
professionals (EPs) who are first-time participants in the Medicare Electronic
Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program in 2017 are eligible to apply for a
one-time hardship exception by Oct. 1. More information is
available on the Centers
for Medicare and Medicaid Services website and the EHR
Incentive Programs website.
- Insufficient internet connectivity
- Extreme and uncontrollable circumstances
- Lack of control over the availability of Certified EHR
- Up-to-date information regarding the shortage of
lidocaine with epinephrine is in the Open Forum on Quest.
Advocacy staff will post any new information via Quest, so make sure
you are “following” the discussion.
- The American Medical
Association has created multiple,
interactive tools for physicians to navigate the QPP. A new customizable
MIPS Action Plan, assists providers in implementing a QPP strategy,
fulfilling regulatory requirements and avoiding penalties.
- ASDSA signed on to a letter, along with other members
of the Alliance of Specialty Medicine, regarding
Year 2 of MIPS and APMs under the QPP. Although the coalition appreciated
greater flexibility, modifications to the low-income threshold, and group
reporting, the coalition still has concerns regarding its
- The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy has
initiated a program to provide state boards of pharmacy with the necessary tools
to inspect sterile compounding pharmacies that ship across state lines.
Current participating states include: KY, LA, OH, NJ, ND, SD, VA, WV and