2015 Q1 Newsletter

Dear VASPS Members,

Another year has come and gone and during 2014 the VASPS leadership was busy on behalf of members.

We continued to work with MSV and the BOM to draft revised regulations for Office based surgery. The proposed regulation changes are currently in the Governor’s office waiting his approval. From there the document will be posted for public comment on the BOM town hall site. I will keep you updated on the progress and encourage you to check the VASPS website periodically as well.

We successfully petitioned Governor McAuliffe to proclaim October 15, 2014 BRA Awareness Day.

The VASPS Board met in Chicago on October 11, 2014. We decided on Richmond as the site for the Virginia Society Biennial Educational Meeting, and Dr. Andrea Pozez has agreed to be the local host. We encourage you to SAVE the DATE for this meeting which will be held November 7, 2015 at the Westin Hotel. Once we have the primary speaker and topic, we will send out a request for resident and member participation. Additional information regarding the weekend’s events will be sent when they are available.

As President, I continued to sit on the ASPS Legislative Advocacy Committee. This committee is a merger of the Council on State Affairs and the Government Affairs Committee. Its mission is to stay abreast of the national, regional, and state advocacy needs of plastic surgery.

2015 has started out quite busy. VASPS received notification from ASPS that the FDA had drafted a guidance document regarding the regulation of Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products (HCT/Ps) from Adipose Tissue. This was posted for public comment; the deadline for submission was February 23, 2015. Given the very restricted proposal for regulation, VASPS published a comment opposing the proposed regulation on the grounds that these regulations would be so onerous as to prevent the use of fat and fat derived components by most plastic surgeons.

James Pickral continues to keep an eye on the bills going before the Virginia Legislature and while there does not appear to be any bills with a major impact, there have been several that might pertain to your practice. A current list of medically related Bills and their status can be found on the VASPS website.

Going forward I will audit the ASPS newly formed Private Practice Task Force, which was formed to specifically assess and address the unique needs of private practice members in today’s evolving healthcare system.

Finally I would like your input regarding what issues you are concerned about. I ask that you contact me or any member of the Board to let us know if there is something we can help with. We are here to help facilitate your practice of plastic surgery in the Commonwealth of Virginia to ensure safe and timely care for patients.

Victoria Vastine, MD, FACS
President, Virginia Society of Plastic Surgeons