ASPS Joins Effort for Sunshine Act Reforms

ASPS joined with 25 other physician specialty societies and industry trade associations to send a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner regarding shared concerns about the implementation of the Sunshine Act provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

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Phase 2 of Open Payments Registration Now Open
On June 1, registration for the Open Payments website through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services opened for physicians and teaching hospitals.
2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule and it contains some potentially troubling provisions for plastic surgeons.
Cosmetic Tax Sunsets in New Jersey
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule and it contains some potentially troubling provisions for plastic surgeons.
Optometrist Scope of Practice Legislation Threatens Patient Safety in California
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule and it contains some potentially troubling provisions for plastic surgeons.
New Office-Based Surgery Regulations in Arkansas
The Arkansas State Medical Board has released its final set of rules for surgeries performed in an office-based setting.
IOM Releases Much Anticipated GME Report
On July 29, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its long awaited report on the future of graduate medical education (GME) funding.
Governor Quinn Signs Breast Cancer Patient Education Bill in Illinois
On Aug. 16, 2013, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation (H.B. 3175) that will help ensure breast cancer patients are informed of their reconstructive options.
Alabama Breast Cancer Patient Education Law in Effect
The Alabama Breast Cancer Patient Education Act of 2013 (S.B. 22), which was signed into law earlier this year by Governor Robert Bentley, became effective Aug. 1, 2013.
ASPS Working to Make Arizona Truth-in-Advertising Bill More Substantive
While there are a number of states with Truth-in-Advertising legislation, in Arizona, legislative action is already moving forward. Senator Unfortunately, the board certification language in this bill is rather weak.
Georgia Legislation to Address Physician Profiling
Senator McKoon of the 29th District in Georgia has introduced legislation (SB 173) to address physician profiling, a potentially new state/federal issue.
Mandated Insurance Coverage for Treatment of Transgender Individuals in DC
Washington, DC health insurance providers must cover treatments for individuals with a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, according to a statement released by the Executive Office of Mayor Vincent C. Gray.
Breast Cancer Patient Education a Growing Trend Among State Legislatures
This legislative session, breast cancer patient education legislation has been a trend among state legislatures.
Truth-in-Advertising Legislation in Pennsylvania Advances
House Bill 2061, introduced by Representative Bryan Cutler, passed unanimously through the Committee on Health in the Pennsylvania House during the last week of June 2014.
California Truth-in-Advertising Bill Sidelined for Remainder of Session
Despite strong coalition efforts from the California Society of Plastic Surgeons and various other groups, California A.B. 916 was pulled off the agenda of the Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development and will not move any further this session.
Private Payers Will Publish Healthcare Prices
Three major health insurance companies have agreed to publish their healthcare prices in a free online portal starting next year.