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.

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June 2021 AAD Advisory Board Update

The AAD Advisory Board is a year-round, two-way street of information. Please alert me to any issues that arise that may benefit from my involvement in the AAD Advisory Board. Here are the latest updates:

  • 2021 AAD Summer Meeting: Mark your calendar for the 2021 AAD Summer Meeting, taking place from August 5-8, 2021, in Tampa, Florida. This year, the Advisory Board will convene its first in-person Summer Reference Committee Hearing and General Business Meeting. Remember that the attendance (either in-person or virtual) at the Summer General Business Meeting is mandatory for all Advisory Board representatives. If you are unable to attend either virtually or in-person, please send a designee in your place.

 

       Advisory Board Reference Committee Hearing

       Date: Friday, August 6, 2021

       Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (ET)

       Location/Room: Fort Brooke, JW Marriott Water Street

 

       Advisory Board General Business Meeting

       Date: Sunday, August 8, 2021

       Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (ET)

       Location/Room: Fort Brooke, JW Marriott Water Street

  • 2021 Annual Meeting Resolutions Update: Thank you for your input and engagement on important Advisory Board items. The status of the 2021 Annual Meeting Resolutions are as follows:

    • AAD001 (A-21): DataDerm Assistance for (Merit-Based Incentive Payment System) MIPS Compliance for Small Practices-on-Paper-Medical-Records – Referred to the Performance Measurement Committee under the Council on Science and Research

    • AAD002 (A-21): Videoconferencing for AAD/A Councils, Committees and Task Forces – Adopted

    • AAD003 (A-21): Continue Virtual Meeting Presentations as an Alternative Attendance Option – Referred to the Scientific Assembly Committee

    • AAD004 (A-21): Focused Public Awareness Campaign regarding Advantages of Seeking Dermatologic Care from Board-Certified Dermatologists, rather than Independent Practice Nurse Practitioners ("aka" Doctors of Nursing Practice") or Physician Assistants – Referred to the Council on Communications

    • AAD005 (A-21): Commitment to Free Speech and Open Debate – Referred to the Professionalism and Ethics

    • AADA002 (A-21): Off-Label Use of Therapy Policy – Referred to the Drug Pricing and Transparency Task Force

    • AADA004 (A-21): Political Commentary from AAD/A Leadership – Rejected

  • 2021 Summer Resolutions: Resolutions have been submitted for consideration by the Advisory Board at the 2021 Summer General Business Meeting. Resolutions will be posted to the Advisory Board Community Website for comments by Advisory Board Members from June 30th – July 9th. Resolutions will be shared with the State Society Presidents and Executive Directors for distribution. Due to the inability to open the forum to the general membership, we will encourage all members to work with their Advisory Board Representative, State Society President or State Society Executive Director to ensure the resolutions are shared with the state societies and comments can be posted via their Advisory Board Representative.

  • 2022 CCTF Call for Applications and Nominations: The 2022 online appointment application is now available. Members are essential to the success of our organization. Every year, hundreds of dermatologists serve the AAD/A through its governance structure which consists of councils, committees, and task forces. You can find a list of potential openings for members and residents during the 2022 appointment cycle here. Apply here by June 30, 2021.

  • 2021 AMA House of Delegates Special Meeting: The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) adopted an AADA-led resolution, “non-physician title misappropriation," in response to the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) House of Delegates recent vote to change their official title of the profession from “physician assistant” to “physician associate.” The resolution was co-sponsored by more than 25 national medical specialty and state medical associations, which provided testimony in support of our efforts. As a result, AMA policy is to actively oppose the AAPA’s title change. Additionally, we led and issued a joint statement including 12 national medical specialty societies representing nearly 350,000 physicians in opposition to the AAPA title change.  The AMA’s support will enhance AADA’s existing state advocacy efforts to prevent misleading advertising implying non-physicians are dermatologists.

  • AADA Virtual Legislative Conference: Registration for this year’s AADA Legislative Virtual Legislative Conference, which is scheduled for September 23-28, is now open. Tuesday, September 28, will be reserved for virtual meetings with Members of Congress and congressional staff. After a very successful virtual conference last year that engaged more than 330 dermatologists and patient advocates, we are looking forward to another record-breaking conference in 2021. Visit the AADA website to register and learn more about this year’s agenda.


This month’s state policy update can be accessed at this link.
 

April 2021 state policy.

March 2021 State Advisory Board General Meeting Summary

December 2020 state policy.

July 2020 state policy.

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June 2020 state policy.

May 2020 state policy.

April 2020 state policy.

March 2020 State Advisory Board General Meeting Summary.

February 2020 state policy.

 

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.