*NEW* Academy Signs on to PARTNERS Coalition Letter Calling for Increased Regulation of Cigarettes (3/27/2014)
On March 27, the Academy signed onto a letter calling for FDA regulation of the design and composition of cigarettes, essentially in effort to reverse harmful effects created through the evolution of design and composition of cigarettes. View the letter here.
Academy Expresses Concern Regarding CMS' Proposed Rule for Recovering Overpayments in Medicare-(4/19/2012)
The Academy signed onto two letters, one led by the American Medical Association and another led by the American College of Surgeons, outlining concerns with the proposed rule issues earlier in the spring by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The rule outlines a 10-year look back period for recovering overpayments made by Medicare. The Academy strongly opposes this due to the extreme administrative burden this would impose on members. The AMA Letter. The ACS Letter.
Academy Signs onto Limited Population Antibacterial (LPAD) Letter - (4/18/2012)
As part of its advocacy efforts for the upcoming Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) reauthorization, the Academy signed onto a letter asking Congress to establish a new antibacterial drug approval pathway. The Limited Population Antibacterial Drug approval mechanism proposed was first put forward by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).
Letter to CMS on Nonenrolled Physician Billing -(01/31/2012)
The Academy signed onto a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services asking for clarification and written guidance on how patients enrolled in Medicare can obtain reimbursement for services performed by a physician that is not enrolled in Medicare and directly bill their patients.
Letter to HHS to Expand Tobacco Cessation Benefits -(01/31/2012)
The Academy has signed onto a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services drafted by the American Lung Association advocating for expansion of benefits for tobacco cessation treatment to an increased population.
Letter to HHS to Revise Medicare’s E-Prescribing Policy -(12/16/2010)
We joined the efforts of the AMA and the Surgical coalition by supporting two separate letters to Secretary Sebelius (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)) recommending that the HHS ask the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to revise its condition to use e-prescribing activity during the first six months of 2011 as the basis for imposing penalties on physicians (in 2012 and 2013) in the Medicare E-prescribing program. The Academy is actively involved in changing this requirement. (Click on the AMA and Surgical coalition above to view the sent letters)
Letter to CMS Requesting their Implementation of Retroactive Payment Increases for Physicians -(11/16/2010)
We sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) urging them to implement retroactive payment increases for physicians stemming from provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The Academy was part of a coalition that sent a letter urging the members of the Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee on Appropriations to fully fund a provision in the Affordable Care Act that would establish a loan repayment program for pediatric medical specialists training in underserved areas across the US, potentially increasing the pediatric subspecialty workforce and improving access to care issues for their services.
Academy Presses HHS for Changes to the Proposed HIPAA Modifications
On September 13, 2010, in conjunction with the AMA and some specialty associations, we sent a comment letter to the Department of Human and Health Services (HHS) regarding its proposed changes the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). In the letter, we recommended that HHS pursue privacy and security safeguards that are practical, flexible, and affordable for physicians, suggested that they work to identify any state laws that conflict with the proposed changes, requested that they postpone the compliance deadline from 180 days after the effective date of the final rule until 1 year and much more.
Academy Challenges MedPAC Report on Self Referrals for Imaging Services
As part of the Coalition for Patient Centered Imaging (CPCI), the Academy sent a letter to the commissioners of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) regarding our concerns with a section of their June 2010 report, “Addressing the growth of ancillary services in physician’s office.” In the letter, we argued that the policies outlined in the report may impede the efficient and effective delivery of in-office imaging services, limit patient access, and be anti-competitive.