ADVOCACY

Dermatologists now have an official voice in the state of Nevada to advocate for the policies important to us and our patients.

NSDDS Advocacy support allows us to track, communicate and take action on legislative and regulatory policies of importance to dermatologists / dermatologic surgeons, their patients and stakeholders.

 

NSDDS offers opportunities for dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons to lead and influence legislative and regulatory policymaking in our state.

 

Check back here for updates!

Jennifer DePry, DO is the NSDDS state advisory board member representative. Please reach out to her directly should you have any questions or an issue to bring to the state advisory committee, email Jennifer at DrJDePry@gmail.com.

August 2020 Advocacy Update

  • Resolutions are now available on the Advisory Board Community Website, for review and comments. Approved resolutions will be posted online and available for voting beginning August 17.
     

  • Visit the New AADA Grassroots Action Center with new ways to contact your members of Congress about top advocacy priorities. You can now use the action center to tweet to your members of Congress with pre-populated messages and utilize patch-through calling to contact offices, along with suggested talking points. Check out the Action Center and contact your members of Congress at takeaction.aad.org.
     

  • New Interactive Evaluation and Management (E/M) Coding Tool helps members navigate the E/M level determination process based on a few key questions. Throughout the interactive experience, tips are accessible for dermatologists that provide guidance to help understand the more complex concepts of each component. Try out the new coding tool.
     

  • Value-Based Purchasing for Medicaid Covered Drugs: The AADA submitted a comment letter to CMS regarding Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) and advocated to the agency for the involvement of both physicians and patients in any efforts to benchmark outcomes to drug therapies. The AADA urged CMS to ensure that improvement in outcomes should be clinically meaningful to patients and that as payers enter VBP arrangements, alternative treatments must be considered, and benchmarking must compare cost and outcomes of new treatments to existing treatments.
     

  • Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) reported that the flexibilities that were made around telehealth in response to the COVID-19 pandemic may be applied through alternative payment models (APMs), and assured PTAC attendees that value is still CMS’s top goal. CMS will be reviewing models that were previously approved by PTAC. PTAC is expected to hold another meeting in September, which will cover telehealth impacts of APM models. 
     

  • PPP Loans have been extended through August 8. The Academy’s Coronavirus Resource Center continues to be updated with detailed PPP information to help members successfully navigate their loan forgiveness process. 
     

  • HHS Provider Relief has clarified that providers who did not receive a General Distribution payment and are not eligible for Medicaid Distribution will find out later if they may be eligible for future Provider Relief Fund distributions. Read the letter.


    This July state policy update can be accessed at this link

Access the June 2020 state policy.

May 2020 state policy update can be accessed at this link.

April 2020 state policy update can be accessed at this link.

March 2020 state advisory board general meeting summary.

 

February 2020 state policy update can be accessed at this link.

 

Advocacy accomplishments

  • NSDSS was granted an Ignite Grant from the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA) to address safety in medical spa facilities, the Med Spa Safety Act.  We will be using this grant to work on improving patient care and helping to ensure that all facilities performing cosmetic procedures are providing proper supervision of providers. The grant will give us hands-on assistance in navigating the legislative process and the funding critical to successfully advocate for patient safety related state legislation. Hiring a lobbyist and strategizing for next year’s session will be our priority in 2020.
     

  • In May 2019, Nevada became the 21st state to allow students to possess and use sunscreen in school. Governor Sisolak signed State Bill 159, which also enables children to wear sun protective clothing and allows schools to teach sun safe behaviors. This law was based on the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA) SUNucate model legislation. The NSDDS played an active role in advocating for the passage of this legislation and feel that this is a crucial policy for protecting young Nevadans.


     

NSDDS

NSDDS is dedicated to promoting the educational and professional interests of dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons; providing a vehicle for advocacy and public educational efforts, and addressing socioeconomic issues that impact the practice of dermatology and dermatologic surgery in the state of Nevada.

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