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CMS issues annual Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2017
These parameters for 2017 set guidelines for plans offered through the federal and state-based exchanges. CMS has responded to AADA’s advocacy efforts to increase network adequacy standards and increase access to effective drug therapies.
Urge policymakers to stop implementation of Stage 3 MU
Fewer than 10 percent of physicians were able to meet MU Stage 2 requirements in 2014; the program is not working. EHRs should be designed to meet the needs of patients and physicians, not federal program mandates. Take action now! Comment on the Stage 3 Final Rule, and email your members of Congress.
2016 Medicare fee schedule final rule released
CMS released 2016 fee schedule, detailing an overall 1 percent increase for dermatology. The 2016 fee schedule is the first since the repeal of the SGR formula earlier this year.
Meaningful Use final rule 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.
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.
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.