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Changes ahead for meaningful use 
On April 11, CMS released a proposed rule that would make significant changes to meaningful use, including changing the reporting period to 90 days in 2015 as well as removing several core and menu set measures from the program and reducing the reporting thresholds for other measures. 

Find answers to SGR questions
On April 14, the Senate passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (H.R.2), clearing the way for a law that permanently repeals the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and stops a CMS proposal to eliminate global periods. Find answers to frequently asked questions about the historic legislation.

Physician Payment Reform: We Want You for the New Frontier
The AADA seeks members who want to help inform our work to develop payment models that best serve patients and consider the unique needs of each dermatology practice.

AADA applauds repeal of SGR –
Senate clears SGR repeal bill ending the 13-year reimbursement rollercoaster

In a victory for dermatologists and the entire house of medicine, the Senate passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, clearing the way for a law that permanently repeals the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and restores global codes.

CMS heeds AADA’s call for directory accuracy in Medicare Advantage plans
On April 6, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its final rule for 2016 Medicare Advantage plans. The AADA led the way and urged CMS to ensure network directories are accurate and up-to-date and CMS heeded that call and is mandating plans maintain accurate directories and identify a process to help patients who have been denied access to contracted providers.

Academy seeks MOC changes
On April 2, the Academy Board of Directors sent a letter asking ABD to modify current MOC requirements.

2016 Appointment Applications
Submit your application for available council, committee, and task forces for the 2016 appointment cycle by June 30, 2015.

CMS acts to erase dermatologists' concerns on EHR reporting requirements
Responding to pressure from the AADA and its coalition partners, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its intent to modify the meaningful use requirements for electronic health records (EHR). Read more.

Submissions now accepted for the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD) Case Reports
JAAD Case Reports, a new peer-reviewed, open access, online-only journal dedicated to publishing case reports, is now accepting manuscripts.

 

 

 

 

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