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Meaningful Use final rule finally released
CMS did not chose to place a hold on the MU program in light of new payment reform efforts, but it did, however, adopt several other AADA recommendations.
ICD-10 Community: Ask a coding expert
Join the new ICD-10 Community and submit your questions to AAD coding experts. The first Q&A about codes for skin tags and cysts has already been published!
GAO finds more oversight needed to ensure network adequacy for MA plans
The GAO issued recommendations to improve provider network adequacy for Medicare Advantage plans. The Academy has led the way on this issue and applauds GAO’s findings as many of them echo the Academy’s solutions to improve network adequacy.
Enroll in DataDerm for 2016
Be one of the first to enroll in the AAD's nationwide dermatology clinical database.
AAD and Pfizer offer new grants
The grants will focus on educating and informing patients about issues related to patient access to dermatologic care and treatment.
One-year leniency for ICD-10
CMS announced that for 12 months following the Oct. 1, 2015, implementation deadline, Medicare claims will not be denied if providers use the wrong ICD-10 code, as long as the code is in the right category. CMS is also teaming up the AMA to provide webinars, on-site training, and other tools to teach providers about the new codes.
MOC: Let your voice be heard
The ABD sent out a survey on Tuesday, July 7, seeking input on MOC from diplomates. The Academy encourages you to respond to this survey. Only the ABD, not the Academy, can make changes in its MOC requirements.
2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule released
The proposed rule estimates dermatology to see overall a 1 percent increase in 2016 payments and proposes an additional quality measure for dermatologists in practice.
ABD sends letter to diplomates outlining MOC changes
"We are acutely aware of the many competing demands on physician time and that MOC is imperfect. We are unanimous in our conviction that the concept is sound and in the interest of our patients but realize the need to simplify the program and make it more meaningful."
House passes IPAB repeal legislation to protect senior access to care
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that permanently repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) provision of the Affordable Care Act. As a top advocacy priority, the AADA has been aggressively working to build bipartisan support for the legislation on Capitol Hill. The AADA encourages its members to use Dermatology Advocacy Network to urge the Senate to pass the bill.