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.
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Jennifer DePry 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.
April’s state policy update can be accessed at this link.
March AAD Advisory Board Update
COVID-19: The AADA is continually updating its website with information on COVID-19
Academy Encourages Participation in new COVID-19 registry: The new COVID-19 registry is collecting information about the dermatologic manifestations of the COVID-19 virus. Please visit the registry and share this site with your colleagues and encourage them to report any cases of COVID-19 related dermatoses.
ABD relaxes 2020 MOC Requirements: On March 27, the American Board of Dermatology announced significant changes to its 2020 MOC requirements for dermatologists in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Interview with ABD Executive Director Thomas Horn, MD, about the changes.
Telehealth Access: Most insurance companies have temporarily expanded telehealth access due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The AADA has been tracking these policies, while most have expanded access it is important to recognize not all insurers are paying in parity with in-office rates. Additionally, each insurer has differing guidance on audio/visual requirements, which place of service to use, and whether a modifier should be reported.
March 2020 state advisory board general meeting summary.
February AAD Advisory Board Update
AADA Advocacy Leaders Survey: The AADA is in the process of revitalizing the key contacts program, which utilizes our members’ relationships with policymakers to advocate on priority issues on behalf of the specialty. If you have a personal or professional relationship with an elected or appointed official at the federal, state, or local level, and would be willing to talk to that official about issues important to your practice and patients, please go to bit.ly/aadlead to join the AADA Advocacy Leaders program. If you have questions about the program or are interested in building a relationship with a policymaker, please contact Susie Dumond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illinois Skin Cancer Screening Law: An Illinois law went into effect on January 1, 2020 that provides patients of some plans a skin cancer screening with no cost sharing to the patient. AADA and Illinois Derm has received guidance from BCBS IL and UnitedHealthcare regarding its process for practices to code for these encounters. Both are requiring the diagnosis code be Z12.83 but BCBS IL is requiring the practice use a preventive service E/M code (99381-99387, 99391-99397) while UnitedHealthcare is requiring the practice use outpatient E/M codes (99201-99205, 99211-99215). Vice-Chair elect of the Advisory Board Amy Derick, MD and the Illinois Derm Society have been working with the AADA to navigate implementation of this new law with insurance plans. The AADA and IDS will also be monitoring the law and its impact on physicians and their patients and will discuss any concerns with the plans.
CMS Updates MIPS Explore Measures Tool for 2020: CMS has updated its Explore Measures Tool to include measures for all four of the MIPS categories for the 2020 reporting year. The tool allows MIPS participants the opportunity to get familiar with the different measures they can submit and prepare for the year. For more information and resources for 2019 MIPS reporting, visit the Academy’s MIPS reporting resource center, and check out a list of new and revised dermatology-specific quality measures, including several new melanoma measures for MIPS reporting. If you’re reporting using DataDerm™, the 2019 MIPS Reporting Module can still be purchased by calling the Academy’s Member Resource Center at 866-503-SKIN (7546).
February 2020 state policy update can be accessed at this link.
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.