The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) advocates with Congressional lawmakers on issues relating to patient safety, research funding, payment policy, and more. AADA staff and member volunteers continuously monitor legislative activity, weigh in on issues that affect the specialty, and proactively pursue legislation that benefits dermatologists and their patients.
Current legislative priorities
The AADA is currently pursuing a number of legislative priorities on Capitol Hill. Find out more about the AADA's federal legislative priorities below:
Medicare physician payment: The AADA is calling on Congress to fix ongoing flaws in the formula used to calculate physician payment under Medicare, and replace it with a reformed system that enables physicians of all practice types and settings to provide high-quality, affordable care to patients.
Indoor tanning and skin cancer prevention: The AADA continues to advocate for laws and regulations that protect consumers and promote awareness about skin cancer prevention and the dangers of indoor tanning. The AADA is calling on Congress to support the FDA's proposed order to reclassify sunlamps, and to join the Congressional Skin Cancer Caucus.
Medical research funding: Research helps reduce the incidence and the death rate attributed to skin cancer, and decreases health care costs overall. The AADA is calling on Congress to end sequestration and increase medical research funding.
Patient access to treatment: As a member of the Coalition for Accessible Treatments, the AADA supports efforts to protect and improve patient access to the medical treatments they need.
Health system reform legislation: The AADA supports legislation that would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Pathology services:
- Read a coalition letter opposing H.R. 2914, the Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act of 2013, which would limit patient access to in-office services that physicians provide under the physician self-referral or Stark law.
- The AADA and several other physician groups have joined Rep. Phil Roe, MD, (R-Tenn.) in calling on Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to preserve physicians’ abilities to provide in-office ancillary services such as pathology. Read the letter from Rep. Roe, the AADA, and other physician groups.
- The AADA signed on to a coalition letter to all members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and Finance Committees, and to all members of House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce encouraging them to request that the Office of the Inspector General exempt pathology providers from the safe harbor rule. Read the coalition letter.