Dermatology Advocate

Dermatology Advocate is a bi-weekly e-newsletter dedicated to providing American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) members with timely news about advocacy issues affecting dermatology.

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May 15, 2015

Top news

Support for IPAB repeal grows as AADA cautions impact on patients

The AADA joins the rallying cry from more than 500 national and state-based organizations, urging lawmakers to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) provision, mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Advocates caution that the IPAB will significantly impair Medicare beneficiaries’ access to care and remove Congressional accountability from the Medicare decision-making process.

Support in Congress for IPAB repeal continues to swell as the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act introduced by Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) and Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) now has 220 additional cosponsors, a majority of the House.

As the letter to Congress put it, “An unelected board without adequate oversight or accountability would be taking actions historically reserved for the public’s elected representatives in the U.S. House and Senate.”

Use AADA’s Dermatology Advocacy Network to send a letter to your member of Congress, urging passage of IPAB repeal. 

More headlines

  • With AADA urging, lawmakers add off-label provisions to “Cures” bill
  • AADA wants you for the new payment frontier
  • Future dermatology workforce faces myriad of changes; participate in 2015 Legislative Conference to shape your future

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Additional resources



Grassroots advocacy

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Dermatology Advocacy Network (DAN)

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State Advocacy Toolkit

Information & advocacy resources about pressing state policy priorities.


Payment & reimbursement center

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