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The AADA, as part of the Physician Clinical Registry Coalition, issued letters to key congressional committee leaders expressing concerns about CMS’s recent proposal to require Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) measure owners to enter into licensing agreements with CMS. The proposal would permit the agency to allow any other approved QCDR to submit data on the licensed measure for purposes of Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting, beginning with the 2021 MIPS payment year.

The coalition argues that the proposal “would take away QCDRs’ ability to ensure that only qualified third parties can use their measures and that their measures are used appropriately.” Additionally, the group argued that the proposal would remove QCDRs’ ability to license measures and as a result “would prevent medical society QCDR owners, who have made considerable investments of time, effort, and resources in developing their measures, from offsetting the cost of measure development.”

The coalition also argued that the agency’s policy reversal "will have an adverse effect on QCDR measure development and may impact QCDR participation by medical specialty societies and other organizations with clinical experience in measure development, which would directly conflict with the intent and goals of MACRA. Without the leadership and contribution of medical societies, the QCDR measures available to eligible clinicians may be poorly refined and inaccurately capture quality performance."

Dermatologists welcomed news last month that the FDA may not enforce burdensome requirements of physicians engaging in common compounding practices such as buffering lidocaine in their offices. However, this might simply tip the issue to the states as new compounding standards are expected from The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) that would suggest similarly burdensome requirements on physician offices.

USP is an independent non-profit group that develops health care quality standards. While they are not a regulatory agency and don’t have any enforcement authority, their standards are often adopted by those who do, including federal and state policymakers and accreditation bodies like the FDA, CMS, the CDC, the Joint Commission, and state pharmacy boards.

The revised standards as currently proposed outline a number of requirements that would create burdens in dermatology offices engaged in common patient care activities. anxiety attack causes diarrhea The new standards suggest requirements for compounding personnel, training, facilities, environmental monitoring, and storage and testing of finished preparations. These proposals would impact everyday activities like how you buffer lidocaine (with or without epinephrine) without sodium bicarbonate, dilute triamcinolone acetonide, and reconstitute botulinum toxins. For example, one proposal would require the administration of buffered lidocaine within one hour of preparation.

Although the USP is not a government group, they do work for transparency in their process. As such, they seek input from outside experts during the development of new standards and updates and obtain public comment from stakeholders before final publication

The American Academy of Dermatology Association’s Compounding Workgroup analyzed the draft revisions and will be providing detailed comment on its impact on care, particularly the need for access to compounded sterile preparations in dermatology.

While the AADA’s official response is critical, impacted dermatologists need to weigh in as well. The first version of these standards received 8,000 public comments, sending USP back to the drawing board. Hearing from you will ensure that the final standard reflects the best practice for dermatology patients.

The CDC will have $3 million to spend on skin cancer prevention programs in 2019, up from $2.15 million in 2018. The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) advocated for this increase in funding. The funding was included in legislation to keep the government funded beyond Election Day.

The bill also included increases for the NIH — including the National Cancer Institute and National Institute for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. The legislation funded these agencies for all of fiscal year 2019. anoxic tank retention time The AADA advocated for the increases.

Specifically, NIAMS will see an $18 million increase in funding in 2019; its $605 million allocation is less than the $620 million the AADA sought but significantly more than the $545 million included in President Trump’s budget proposal. Similarly, the NCI will receive $6.15 billion in funding, rising from $5.9 billion in 2018 and $5.6 billion in the president’s 2019 proposal. The NIH as a whole received a $2 billion funding increase from 2018 to 2019.

Finally, the Department of Defense portion of the legislation includes $10 million in funding for melanoma research. The AADA signed on to a letter from the National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention seeking this funding. As a result, rather than competing for funding with other types of cancer, melanoma has its own line item, along with breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers.

The AADA has sent letters supporting two bipartisan bills in the Senate aimed at lifting the "gag clause" that restricts pharmacists from informing patients that a drug is cheaper if they purchase it out-of-pocket instead of through their insurance. For example, a recent study published in JAMA identifies prednisone, to treat severe psoriasis, as among the top 20 drugs for which patients paid more going through their insurance than if they were to have paid out-of-pocket. This gag clause is frequently included in contracts between pharmacies, insurers, and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).

The Know the Lowest Price Act of 2018 (S. 2553), introduced by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Susan Collins (R-ME), would prohibit gag clause restriction for drugs covered under Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans. The Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act (S. 2554), introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), would prohibit this restriction for drugs covered under the individual market exchanges as well as group plans covered by ERISA. anxiety disorder test free Both bills also prohibit the pharmacy from being penalized for providing this information to the patient.

The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) has adopted a resolution that was authored by the American Academy of Dermatology delegation and Dermatology Section Council (DSC) to address insurers’ attempts to reduce reimbursement for modifier 25. The resolution, triggered by recent announcements that Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and Independence Blue Cross will reduce reimbursement for modifier 25 in several states, calls on the AMA to aggressively and immediately advocate through any legal means to see that insurers comply with accepted CPT coding and reimbursement guidelines.

RESOLVED: That our American Medical Association aggressively and immediately advocate through any legal means possible, including direct payer negotiations, regulations, legislation, or litigation, to ensure when an evaluation and management (E&M) code is appropriately reported with a modifier 25, that both the procedure and E&M codes are paid at the non-reduced, allowable payment rate.

Additionally, the AADA and state dermatologic societies sent a letter to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) highlighting concerns with BCBSA member plans’ proposals to reduce reimbursement for modifier 25 in several states effective January 1, 2018. To read the letter, click here.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today released the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule as well as the final rule for the 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP), established under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). CMS indicates these rules reflect the agency’s broader strategy of relieving regulatory burdens for providers, particularly for small and solo practices. Additionally, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which would be charged with making significant cuts to Medicare when government spending on the program reaches a certain threshold. Much of what is being announced today reflects wins for the Academy, and is a result of the AADA’s regulatory relief priority and advocacy over the past 10 months.

Read the AADA breaking news alert with more information. While the House today passed legislation repealing IPAB, it is unclear whether the Senate will also act. Send a letter to your Senators in favor of IPAB repeal through the AADA’s Advocacy Action Center.

CMS released a proposed rule that would maintain a 90-day reporting period for the EHR Meaningful Use program in 2016. The “Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Organ Procurement Organization Reporting and Communication; Transplant Outcome Measures and Documentation,” was published just hours before the Proposed Rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule was also released.

Maintaining a 90-Day Reporting Period for the Meaningful Use (MU) Program in 2016 has been a top priority for the Academy. anxiety disorder nhs As part of an informal coalition, the Academy has been engaged with CMS and Congress since the start of the year to move from the full year of reporting requirement to a 90-day reporting period for MU in 2016.

In March, the Academy joined the attached letter to CMS requesting a 90-day reporting period for 2016. Due to coalition efforts, in April, Members of Congress introduced the bipartisan and bicameral (House and Senate) “Flexibility in Electronic Health Record Reporting Act” (S.2822/H.R.5001), which would allow physicians to demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health records in 2016.

The Academy supported the legislation upon introduction and sent the attached letters to all original sponsors and co-sponsors. Academy grassroots was activated on the legislation with an all member alert sent on April 28. The legislation’s introduction as well as the grassroots action was featured in DermWorld Weekly on April 27. The grassroots activity resulted in 1,482 letters sent to 297 Members of Congress by 418 dermatologists.

The comment period requesting feedback on CMS’s Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization (MACRA) proposed rule has come to a close. CMS received a deluge of comments from the medical community, including the AADA. In its comment letter, the AADA is requesting that CMS delay implementation of the MACRA rule from Jan. 1, 2017, to Jan. 1, 2018. anxiety attack therapy The proposed rule outlines sweeping changes to Medicare payments and quality reporting — instituting two Medicare participation tracks: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model program. The proposed rule stems from provisions required in the MACRA law that repealed and replaced the sustainable growth rate formula in 2015. The final rule is expected to be released in November 2016.

Specifically, the Academy requested that CMS modify the low-volume threshold — that would exempt physicians from participating in MACRA — to those whose Medicare billing charges are $75,000 or less and provide care for 750 or fewer Part B-enrolled Medicare beneficiaries, as opposed to $10,000 or 100 patients per physician. Additionally, the AADA asked CMS to shorten the reporting period from one year to three months and reduce the reporting requirement from 80 percent of MIPS eligible clinicians’ patients to 50 percent. Read more from the AADA’s comment letter. Find out more about how the proposed rule will affect your practice in the May 4 issue of Dermatology World Weekly.