ASPS Responds to Congressional Open Letter on GME  

ASPS has responded to an Open Letter sent by the House Energy and Commerce Committee requesting information on graduate medical education (GME).

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ASPS Comments on NAIC’s Model Regulation
In response to concerns regarding exchange plans implementing narrow networks, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) formed a workgroup to create a Model Regulation for adoption by states to address this issue.
CMS Moves to Eliminate 10- and 90-Day Surgical Global Periods in Medicare
In the calendar year 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized its proposal to transition 10- and 90- day global surgical codes to 0-day globals.
ASPS Comments on 21st Century Cures Discussion Draft
ASPS submitted comments last week to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on several provisions included in draft legislative language released as part of the 21st Century Cures Initiative. ASPS wrote in support of several components that will benefit its members and plastic surgery patients.
Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Hold SGR Hearing
The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held its first hearing of the 114th Congress titled “A Permanent Solution to the SGR: The Time is Now.” Witnesses included the American Medical Association (AMA), AARP, and a thoracic surgeon, among others.
Affordable Care Act Legislative Updates
Since the start of the 114th Congress, lawmakers have considered a number of bills to alter the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
OMB Announces No Sequester This Year
As expected, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has confirmed that no sequestration of discretionary spending will be required this year.
CMS Administrator Tavenner and FDA Commissioner Hamburg to Step Down
Marilyn Tavenner, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), announced plans to resign at the end of February.
President’s FY 2016 Budget Released
On February 2, 2015, President Obama released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Budget. The fiscal blueprint for the budget year that begins Oct. 1, 2015 proposes spending $4 trillion and projects revenues of $3.53 trillion, leaving a deficit of $474 billion.
Washington Dentistry Scope of Practice Expansion Thwarted
Thanks to an extremely coordinated effort led by the Washington State Medical Association, ASPS and a variety of other medical associations were able to successfully ensure that a potentially dangerous bill does not move further this session.
Indiana Truth-in-Advertising Bill Moves Forward
Thanks to an extremely coordinated effort led by the Washington State Medical Association, ASPS and a variety of other medical associations were able to successfully ensure that a potentially dangerous bill does not move further this session.
Connecticut Seeks to Define Surgery via Legislation
A bill introduced by Connecticut State Representative Prasad Srinivasan would add a statutory definition of surgery to the State’s code.
Estheticians Look to Expand Scope in Oregon
At the beginning of the State’s legislative session in January, estheticians in Oregon introduced House Bill 2642 which would allow certified laser estheticians to perform laser procedures without physician supervision.