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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May 2022 AAD Advisory Board Update

Summer Resolutions
The call for Advisory Board resolutions opened mid-May and are due Monday, June 13. Visit the Advisory Board website to learn more. To submit a resolution, your Disclosure of Outside Interests (DOI) statement must be updated. We encourage each of our members to submit potential resolution topics that could impact and move the specialty forward.
 
Register for the 2022 AADA Legislative Conference
The AADA will be hosting their annual Legislative Conference, in-person, in Washington DC, on Sunday, September 18, through Tuesday, September 20 at the Conrad Hotel.
 
Attendance at the AADA Legislative Conference is crucial to move your congressperson to support Medicare payment reform, cut through regulatory red tape and increase access to treatment for your patients. In addition to meeting with your members of Congress and their staff, this conference is a great way to build personal relationships with policymakers to help move and shape policy impacting you and your patients.
 
At the event attendees will receive training on advocacy tactics, hear deep dives on the issues of the day from public policy experts, and network with colleagues, patient advocates, and AADA leaders. On Tuesday, attendees will participate in AADA-scheduled meetings with your U.S. representatives and senators to present critical policy priorities for dermatology. To register or for more information visit the AADA Legislative Conference website.
 
With this year’s AADA Legislative Conference returning to being an in-person event, the AADA will again be sponsoring residency scholarships to enable residents to attend the 2022 Legislative Conference. The scholarship covers the cost of lodging and transportation to and from the Conference. The scholarship provides an opportunity for residents to learn first-hand about AADA’s advocacy efforts to promote the specialty and to advocate for policies that preserve dermatologists’ ability to practice and that improve patients’ access to dermatologic treatment and services. All interested residents are encouraged to apply on the AADA’s website as soon as possible as the number of scholarships is limited.
 
Tennessee Becomes 31st State to Enact Step Therapy Reform
The AADA supported the efforts of the Tennessee Dermatology Society and Tennesseans for Affordable Access to Medicine to pass step therapy reform legislation. The new law requires that a medical exemption from the step therapy protocols must be granted if the required prescription 1) is contraindicated or will likely cause an adverse reaction; 2) is expected to be ineffective; 3) is not in the best interest of the patient; 4) or if the patient is stable. Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, health plans or utilization review organizations must provide a clear, readily accessible, and convenient process to request a step therapy exception. A response to an exception request must be provided within two business days of receiving the request.
 
The AADA works in partnership with other members of the State Access to Innovative Medicines Coalition to pursue step therapy reform. State dermatology societies that are interested in advancing step therapy reform should contact Lisa Albany at lalbany@aad.org.



Contact NSDDS should you have any questions at nsdds-info@samiworks.net.