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FEDERAL | ASPS Defends the Medicare Payment Rates for the Myocutaneous Flap Family

During the American Medical Association's RUC January Panels, the AMA considered ASPS's proposal to defend the payment rate for the myocutanous face flap family. The Panels determined that not all flaps that include muscle tissue qualify as a muscle or a myocutaneous flap.

FEDERAL | Making MACRA Work for Plastic Surgeons – Working to Develop Alternative Payment Models

ASPS is working with the American College of Surgeons, Brandeis University and the Center for Surgery and Public Health at the Brigham and Women's Hospital on the creation of an Alternative Payment Model (APM) for the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP).

STATE | ASPS's Efforts Stop Regulatory Move in Nevada to Allow Dentists and Dental Hygienists from Administering Botox and Facial Fillers. Legislation May Be Next.

As a result of advocacy efforts led by ASPS, the Nevada legislature refused to approve a regulation proposed by the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners that would have permitted dentists and dental hygienists to administer Botox and dermal fillers. However, ASPS anticipates that related legislation will be introduced this session.

FEDERAL | UPDATE: Hearings for HHS Nominee Congressman Tom Price's

On January 18th, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a nomination hearing for HHS Nominee Tom Price. The Senate Finance Committee will hold their hearing on the 24th and will subsequently vote on whether or not to advance the nomination.

FEDERAL | Senate Takes First Step in ACA Repeal

The Senate passed a budget resolution that paves the way for Republicans to work on legislation that will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.