2014 Spring Newsletter

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Message From The President

Dear Members,

I am honored to assume the position of President of the Virginia Society of Plastic Surgeons for 2014 and 2015. I would like to thank Dr. John Alspaugh for his hard work over the past two years, and particularly for his efforts in putting together our successful meeting in Charlottesville in November.  With 24 members attending, it made for a valuable networking event as well as an excellent opportunity to further the VASPS mission of advancing the art and science of plastic surgery through education. My thanks also go out to Dr. Dennis Hammond, our guest speaker, who participated through the ASPS Visiting Professor program. I would like to thank the faculty and residents of UVA and Inova Fairfax for their presentations; I hope that in the future our Virginia residency programs will continue to participate. And finally, I thank Grace Ellis and our corporate members for their help and support.[read more]


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The Sunshine Act

The relationship between physicians and medical industry has been the subject of research and scrutiny, with more than 80% of physicians reporting that they have received gifts of some type from the medical industry. 60% of these physicians were involved in medical education. Over one third of all CME offerings are funded by industry. [read more]


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ASPS announces 2014 Federal Regional Fly-In schedule

May 6-7, 2014, Southeast/Midwest Regions: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin Registration to participate in an ASPS Regional Advocacy Event is free, though participants are responsible for their airfare, hotel and other incidentals. Please respond to Carrie Lamb at (202) 672-1519 orclamb@plasticsurgery.org.  [read more]


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Bra Day USA

The Virginia Society of Plastic Surgeons is pleased to support the third annual BRA Day USA on October 15, 2014. [read more]


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VASPS Advocacy Update

The 2014 session of the Virginia General Assembly adjourned on March 8th. While the General Assembly adjourned on schedule it did so without passing a new state budget. This has not been an uncommon occurrence over the past decade. Our most recent budget impasse revolves around the issue of expanding Medicaid. [read more]

Justice Department investigating doc-owned device distributorship

Federal investigators are pursuing what may be the first enforcement action against a surgeon involved in a controversial type of medical device firm known as a physician-owned distributorship. The probe follows scrutiny by the government into the impact of these PODs on patient care and costs.[read more]

Supreme Court considers limits on medical boards

A Supreme Court battle over cut-rate teeth-whitening services operating out of North Carolina malls, stores, and salons could place new restrictions on medical boards nationwide, Modern Healthcare’s Joe Carlson reports. [read more]