House of Representatives votes to repeal
Last week, the
House of Representatives passed H.R. 849, the “Protecting Seniors’ Access to
Medicare Act of 2017” with a
bipartisan vote of 307-111. This legislation repeals the ill-conceived
Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a never-tested entity charged with
making significant cuts to the Medicare program. ASDSA supports repeal of IPAB and continues to work with a
coalition of partners to advance the legislation. It now heads to the Senate for
the reimbursement session at the Annual Meeting?
On Thurs., Nov. 9 at
8 p.m. CST, ASDSA is hosting a webinar with Mark Kaufmann, MD. Dr. Kaufmann
serves as the ASDSA advisor to the RUC Committee and will provide a
complimentary member-only session on updates to CPT coding and reimbursement.
The session is targeted to be 20-30 minutes with additional time for Q&A.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Spots are limited and registration closes at 5 p.m. CST on Tues.,
your state be affected by changes to modifier 25?
ASDSA has been monitoring changes to modifier 25, as
dermatology will be one of the most impacted specialties. Insurance companies
have begun to compensate the E&M service at 50 percent of the otherwise allowed amount,
stating that the code is being over utilized. Modifier 25 payment reduction
runs counter to standard coding and reimbursement policy and will negatively
affect dermatologic surgeons' ability to serve our patients efficiently. Both
physicians and patients will be affected by this reimbursement issue, from
decreased revenue and small practices being absorbed by hospital systems to
patients needing to return for procedures that are usually completed in one
visit and incurring additional co-pays. Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, states that will
be impacted by this change include: CA, CT, DE, KY, ME, NV, NH, NJ, OH, PA, RI,
and WI. ASDSA has joined an AADA-led coalition focused on proper reimbursement
for modifier 25 and will continue to closely monitor any new
to be ASDSA’s Health Policy Fellow
ASDSA is pleased to announce a new fellowship program
to build and maintain young leaders who are skilled in health policy. The new
fellow will assist ASDSA in its mission to positively impact the field of
dermatologic surgery for both patients and practices. Click here to learn more information and complete an
application. Applications are due Mon., Nov.
/ ASDSA Annual Meeting Recap
Thank you to everyone who made the 2017 ASDS / ASDSA
Annual Meeting the most well attended meeting
to date. ASDSA programming included Coffee with Congressman Roskam as well as
remarks during a plenary session from the Congressman. Members also had an
opportunity to participate in a reimbursement update session and a session on
effective advocacy techniques. Be sure to save the date for the 2018 ASDS / ASDSA Annual Meeting in
Phoenix, AZ. Pictured: Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-6) provides an update on
health care reform legislation during a plenary session.
- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
have opened the preview period of the 2016 performance information for the Physician Compare Initiative. Due to a technical issue, this
period is extended to Friday, Dec. 1.
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to several organizations, including a 503A
compounding facility. The letters provide an opportunity for the business to
rectify non-compliance issues and prevent occurrences in the future.
- Members of MedPAC continue to consider proposals to replace
the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). To weigh in on this debate, ASDSA signed on to a letter to MedPAC members, urging them to
keep MIPS intact. MIPS is one of the few avenues specialty doctors can use to
participate in Medicare quality improvement activities and continuing
improvements to MIPS will allow for more meaningful engagement. ASM members will
be meeting with MedPAC on Wed., Nov. 8 to discuss key issues.
- On Nov.
2, CMS released the final rule for the second year of the Quality Payment
Program. CMS has provided a fact sheet or you can view the final rule here. It is set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2018.