Virginia Society of Plastic Surgeons
 

VASPS/ASPS Advocacy Updates

The General Assembly convenes each year on the second Wednesday in January. In even-numbered years, the session is held for 60 days. In odd-numbered years, the session is held for 30 days (although frequently extended to 45 days).

2022

September

Medicare Cuts (Federal) – ASPS joined Surgical Care Coalition comments in support of legislation that would increase the Medicare physician payments by roughly 4.5% in order to offset the mandatory reduction triggered by Medicare fee schedule budget neutrality requirements.

Presentations (State) – ASPS presented on its’ federal and state advocacy activities at the Virginia Society of Plastic Surgeons’ (VASPS) Annual Meeting

July

Breast Reconstruction Coverage (Federal) – Endorsed Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Fred Upton’s bipartisan, congressional-led letter to CMS urging them to reinstate coverage for breast reconstruction code, S2068, for deep inferior epigastric perforator flap (DIEP) flap procedures.

Medicine’s Advocacy Priorities (State) – VASPS and ASPS voted on advocacy proposals for the Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) to focus on in the upcoming legislative year.

May

ELSA (Federal): Staff met with the following offices of Senate HELP Committee Republicans to encourage continued support of the bill and to advocate for a committee markup of the bill now that it has passed the House of Representatives:

  • Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS)
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
  • Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN)
    • Representatives Neal Dunn (R-FL) and Morgan Griffith (R-VA) introduced an alternate bill in the House to the original text of ELSA that would narrow the scope of treatment to just craniofacial, oral, and maxillofacial congenital anomalies

March

Scope: Optometrist (State): In collaboration with the Virginia Society of Plastic Surgeons (VASPS), urged the governor veto legislation that would expand the scope of optometrists.

February

Scope: NPs (State): Co-signed a letter alongside a number of other medical associations, including the Virginia Society of Plastic Surgeons (VASPS), the AMA, the American Academy of Family Physicians, in opposition to a bill permanently reducing the years of clinical experience necessary for nurse practitioners to practice autonomously.

Scope: Optometrists (State): Alongside the Virginia Society of Plastic Surgeons (VASPS), opposed companion bills that would increase the scope of optometrists and give more power to the board.

January

Scope: Optometrists (State): Alongside the Virginia Society of Plastic Surgeons (VASPS), opposed companion bills that would increase the scope of optometrists and give more power to the board.

2021

September

Scope: NP (State): After discovery of a social media video that depicts two NPs’ disregard for patient safety and scope of practice, as well as the lack of appropriate qualifications of the collaborating physician, ASPS began to contact the staff and physician leadership at all state plastic surgery societies to notify them of ASPS’s intent to contact their states’ policymakers with a message using the video as an opening to ask for tighter controls on non-physician practice.

ASPS and the VASPS partnered to contact all state legislators in Virginia.

March

Scope: NPs (State): The Governor of VA signed into law the legislation opposed by ASPS and the Virginia Society of Plastic Surgeons (VASPS) that will decrease the time NPs must spend in collaborative agreements, prior to independent practice, from five years of training to two.

February

Scope: NPs (State): Alongside the Virginia Society of Plastic Surgeons (VASPS), opposed legislation that would decrease the time NPs must spend in collaborative agreements, prior to independent practice, from five years of training to two. Following passage in the legislature, later urged the governor to veto the bill, but it was signed into law on February 25

January

Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act (Federal): Drafted and sent ELSA Coalition thank you letters to retiring members and ELSA sponsors, Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Denver Riggleman (R-VA), for their leadership and efforts to advance the bill in the 116th Congress