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Published on:3/17/2015 12:00:00 AM

Expired on: 4/1/2015 1:00:00 AM

Ohio Department of Health - Cancer Registry SURVEY

ODH is in the process of developing a new shorter reporting form to make it easier and less time-consuming for physicians to report.  Learning more about current physician reporting practices will  help ODH with the planning and implementation of this new form.  If you have not received the survey or have not yet had the opportunity to complete it, please click on the link to download the survey.  It only takes a few minutes to complete and can then be mailed or faxed back to the address listed at the end of the survey.  Your participation in this project is greatly appreciated.  Thank you.
ODH Cancer Registry Program Survey

Published on:7/5/2012 12:00:00 AM

Expired on: 11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

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Published on:2/5/2012 12:00:00 AM

Expired on: 7/1/2012 12:00:00 AM

CRYOTHERAPY by Physician Assistants...2011 by Michael Cairns, MD

Ohio law currently prohibits a physician assistant (PA) from performing cryotherapy without special permission from the Ohio State Medical Board (OSMB).  This restriction applies to dermatologists as well as other physicians, whether the procedure is performed with onsite or offsite supervision.

Many dermatoloigsts believe that having supervised PAs perform cryotherapy is desirable for patient care.  In such cases, dermatologists can request an exception to this policy for their PAs.  Such requests typically require a written plan submitted to the OSMB detailing the training and supervision of the PA for cryotherapy.

The Ohio Dermatological Association submitted a "model" exception plan to the OSMB for PAs performing cryotherapy under the supervision of a dermatologist,which has been approved.   Dermatologists are now able to have their PAs treat patients with cryotherapy by simply notifying the OSMB of their intent and following the guidelines on this link

This is just one example of the many things the ODA does to help dermatologists in Ohio concentrate on the practice, not hassles, of medicine.

Published on:11/1/2011 12:00:00 AM

Expired on: 5/1/2012 12:00:00 AM

HB 119 - Prohibiting tanning parlor rays for minors

Presented to the Ohio House of Representatives by Rep. Courtney Combs and Rep Lorraine Fende

Co-Sponsors: Representatives Garland, Ruhl, Patmon, Stebelton, Letson, Ramos, Murray, Stinziano, Boyd, Uecker, Bubp, Driehaus, Dovilla, Gardner, and Johnson.

Send support letters to your Ohio Legislator today!!   

Published on:3/1/2011 12:00:00 AM

Expired on: 2/28/2013 12:00:00 AM

Insurance Alert!!!

The Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting was April 8th,  and I thought there was some useful information that came out of the meeting. As you probably are aware, we typically talk about local coverage decisions and not many of these decisions have involved dermatology for the past 2-3 years; however, changes are on the horizon, not in terms of the local coverage decision but a change of Medicare carrier, region change, etc. Links to attachments are below.

1) Palmetto GBA will no longer be our Medicare Carrier with the transition to take place in the next 6-12 months. Highmark has been awarded the contract. Highmark has been the carrier in Pennsylvania and dermatologists there give this company a high rating in terms of communication, reasonableness, etc. CIGNA has filed a protest to the Highmark contract so the potential is for CIGNA to be the Medicare carrier but I would be surprised if their protest was accepted. 

2) Because either Highmark or CIGNA will be the new contractors, it will be necessary for dermatologists who submit electronic claims to complete a new EDI (electronic data interchange) application to Highmark or potentially, CIGNA. 

3) No one knows whether Highmark or CIGNA will continue CAC meetings but the drift was they will and the new carrier will cover not only Ohio but also Kentucky. Look for CAC meetings to perhaps occur in Cincinnati. 

4) Expect audits from CMS utilizing the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) system or the Zone Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC). RAC works on a contingency basis and will be expanded nationwide January 1, 2010. Their role is to collect overpaid medical dollars and audits may start out as rather simplified, for example, looking for units billed in excess of 1 such as more than one blood transfusion, appendectomy, etc., but I see this coming to include more common issues in our day in and day out practice. Another group, the Program Safeguard Contractor (PSC) is specifically a fraud and abuse group so the bottom line is your medical record needs to be really focused upon to avoid any unpleasant circumstances. If there is anxiety about RAC and more details needed, the AdvanceMed group (contractors for CMS that are doing the RAC) have a special “open door forum” which will be conducted at 2pm EST on Tuesday, April 14. The call in phone number is 800-837-1935 with a password of 92489480. 

5) Effective April 6, 2009, if your practice needs to speak to a representative from CMS they will require you to provide three data elements for authentication: National Provider Identifier (NPI), Provider Transaction Access Number (PTAN), and a new requirement - the last five digits of your tax ID number. 

6) The final item is a note from Inga Ellzey that, starting April 20, 2009, CIGNA will implement ClaimCheck 8.5 such that CIGNA will start requesting office notes for claims that have the 25 modifier accompanying an EM visit or a 59 modifier attached to a procedure. It would appear that this is another tactic to delay and/or reject a claim but obviously it will be up to the individual physician as to whether the process is too onerous and whether one wants to continue to provide medical services for CIGNA.

Perhaps by anticipating/preparing or whatever,  the obstacles can be minimized. 

Medicare Education-Olsen.pdf
Hot Topics-Olsen.pdf 

Tom Olsen 
Chair, ODA Insurance Committee 
CAC Representative

Published on:4/9/2009 12:00:00 AM

Expired on: 4/9/2010 12:00:00 AM

New York Times article...2008 "As Doctors Cater to Looks, Skin Patients Wait"

Response by Dr. William Hanke, AAD President
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Published on:3/21/2008 12:00:00 AM

Expired on: 7/21/2008 12:00:00 AM

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