April 2017 Advocacy News

April 2017 | Learn more about advocacy in congressional offices
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Take the ASM survey now


It will only take a few minutes to help specialty medicine. As a member of the Alliance of Specialty Medicine (ASM), ASDSA invites you to participate in a survey on access to specialty care. The results of this survey will be used by the Alliance in its advocacy with federal lawmakers and regulators to advance issues of shared interest to the specialty community. Hurry, the survey will close on April 10. 
 

Learn about advocacy as the future of health care reform is debated


Check Quest for information about ASDSA’s webinar, Effective Advocacy in Congressional Offices. On April 6 at 8:00 p.m. CDT, join fellow dermatologic surgeons to learn how to communicate effectively in congressional offices. Led by ASDSA members with previous legislative experience, this 30-minute webinar will walk you through how to create a personal connection with your legislator and discuss the issues most important to the specialty. You may also register directly.

After the failure of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), next steps are being considered by all involved. According to D.C. sources, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has hinted that health care reform is not dead, and he is still working on repeal and replacement. President Trump and others in the Administration have suggested that although they have no immediate strategy to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they are open to working with Democrats on health care reform. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also expressed willingness to work with the Administration on improving access to health care, but only if Republicans stop attempting to undermine the ACA. Speaker Ryan, however, disagrees with the President’s sentiment and stated that he does not want to work with Democrats on future health care legislation. 
 

New positions impacting the specialty


ASDSA updated two of its position statements. The position on indoor tanning now includes new research strengthening the statement as well as a list of states that have passed a ban on the use of tanning devices for minors. The position on sunscreen in schools will now be known as the position on sun-safe behavior in school-aged children. This was updated with new research, including studies from Australia on the effectiveness of their sun-protection policies, and to reflect ASDSA’s belief that kids should have access to sunscreen and sun-protective clothing in both school and youth camps.

Additionally, the Alliance for Specialty Medicine (ASM) updated their position statement on Physician-Directed Applications (also known as ‘off-label’ use). As specialty physicians, ASDSA members should be able to exercise their clinical judgment and expertise in using approved medical products (including prescription medications, biologics and devices) for uses not listed in the FDA approved labeling. 
 

Utah first to pass SUNucate in 2017, more states set to follow

  
Governor Gary Herbert signed House Bill 288 into law, making Utah the first state in 2017 to pass SUNucate, which allows students to possess and use sunscreen at schools. Legislation in both Washington and Arizona is getting closer to becoming law. Pennsylvania saw the sponsor of the SUNucate measure, Representative Harold English, distribute a memorandum seeking co-sponsorship of the legislation prior to its formal introduction. For more information on how your state can pass this important law, contact jjohnson@asds.net
 
 

PULSE legislation receives hearing in Rhode Island Senate


Legislation based on the Patients/Physicians United for Laser Safety and Efficacy (PULSE)coalition’s model bill (protecting patients undergoing laser procedures) was heard last week in Rhode Island’s Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The PULSE Coalition, which ASDSA leads, sent a letter in support. If you are interested in seeing how your state can pursue similar legislation, contact jjohnson@asds.net.  
 

Advocacy Addendum

  • ASDSA extends its congratulations to Seema Verma, MPH, on her confirmation as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Ms. Verma’s previous experience includes assisting states in the expansion of their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, most notably the Healthy Indiana Plan. 
  • Make sure you’re prepared for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) with the newMACRA 101 Video Series. “MACRA Minute” mini-segments provide key information in a short question and answer format. 
  • The American Medical Association is hosting a webinar update on MACRA/QPP on April 20 at 6:00 p.m. CDT. To help ease the transition for your practice, join the webinar to get a better understanding of MACRA’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternate Payment Models (APMs).  
 
 
 
      
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