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Congressional action

AADA supports legislation establishing skin cancer research fund
The AADA sent a letter of support to Reps. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) and Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) last week for their introduction of H.R. 5716, the Melanoma Research Act of 2012. This legislation would create a fund within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that would, for the first time, be solely dedicated to skin cancer research. The AADA believes that this newly created research funding will appropriately prioritize the severity of skin cancer considering the millions of people that are affected by this disease.

Roundtable discussion held on Medicare physician payment policy
On June 14, The Senate Finance Committee held a roundtable discussion with health care private payers including representatives from Aetna, Humana, and Blue Cross Blue Shield to discuss efforts to reform the Medicare physician payment system. The session was the second roundtable the committee has held on the issue in two months, and participants were asked a number of questions regarding the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula currently used by Medicare. In response, participants discussed their alternate models of payment, while emphasizing the importance of having a method to transition to reform. The Academy will continue to monitor activity around Medicare physician payment as new details develop.

State policy roundup

New York nurse practitioner independent practice bill successfully opposed
On June 13, AB 5308 was successfully opposed by the New York Assembly Higher Education Committee. The bill, which AADA opposed via written comments, would have eliminated the requirement for a nurse practitioner to have a written practice agreement and collaborative relationship with a physician. Several New York members helped to directly impact this legislative outcome by responding to the AADA call-to-action to share their patient safety concerns with the committee.

Rhode Island tightens indoor tanning regulation for minors
Rhode Island’s legislature passed HB 7528/SB 2322 on June 12, taking greater steps to protect Rhode Island youth from the dangers of skin cancer. The legislation requires parental consent or a physician’s note in order for minors under the age of 18 to be able to tan. The bill has been sent to Gov. Lincoln Chafee for his signature. Several other states have pending indoor tanning legislation that could take action before the end of their 2012 legislative sessions, including Massachusetts, New York, Delaware, Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

California patient safety bill moves swiftly through Senate committee
On June 11, the California Senate Committee on Business, Professions, and Economic Development unanimously passed Assembly Bill 1548. The bill, which is cosponsored by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA) and the California Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery (CalDerm), will now move on to the California State Senate Appropriations Committee for further consideration. AB 1548 would increase financial penalties for corporate practice of medicine. The AADA supported the bill via written comments and will continue to support ASDSA and CalDerm in this effort.

Chicago becomes first major U.S. city to ban tanning for minors
Tomorrow, Chicago will become the first major city in the nation to prohibit children and teens under the age of 18 from frequenting tanning beds in the city’s salons. In a news release, AADA President Daniel Siegel commended Alderman Debra Silverstein and her fellow city council members for taking the lead on this important public health issue. The AADA hopes Chicago’s decision will serve as a catalyst for other cities across the country to pass similar legislation.

New Jersey tanning ban bill awaits Senate action
The New Jersey Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 1172 on June 18. The bill would prohibit minors under 18 from using tanning devices. AADA members in New Jersey are encouraged to contact the committee to share their support. Visit the AADA’s Dermatology Advocacy Network website today to send a customized letter to the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Upcoming events

Register now for the 2012 AADA Legislative Conference, Sept. 9 – 11, Washington, D.C.
The AADA is pleased to invite the entire Academy membership to register for the 2012 Legislative Conference, Sept. 9 – 11 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, 10 minutes from the U.S. Capitol. The Legislative Conference is a unique blend of didactic and interactive advocacy training sessions, political debate, and the direct lobbying of your members of Congress. Conference attendees learn about critical health policy issues from national health policy experts, political insiders, and AADA advocacy leaders. A keynote address will be delivered by former CMS Administrator, Mark McClellan, MD, PhD. However, the most powerful aspect of the Legislative Conference is your ability to build and strengthen personal relationships with your members of Congress and their staff.


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