You have the experience, knowledge and ideas to inform lawmakers before they craft and vote on public policy matters affecting the practice of medicine and the care your patients receive.
This year, the Society will focus its efforts on the following:
Register today for the opportunity to meet with key policymakers and members of the NYS legislature from your home and business district.
In New York, 1 in 38 babies are born with a congenital anomaly. On average, children with congenital anomalies can expect anywhere from three to five surgical procedures throughout their childhood to restore a more normal appearance and function.
Although insurance carriers may provide coverage for the initial procedures, they may resist coverage of the later stage procedures, claiming they are cosmetic and not medically necessary. Denial or delay of these procedures – which by definition are reconstructive – could lead to long-term physical, functional, and psychological injuries.
To a layperson, repair of a congenital anomaly may seem cosmetic in nature. However, reconstructive surgery is performed to treat structures of the body affected aesthetically or functionally by congenital or developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors, or disease. It is generally done to improve function and ability, and may also be performed to achieve a more typical appearance of the affected structure.
Coverage should also be provided for healthcare services that help an individual keep, learn, or improve skills and functioning for daily living. Habilitative services may include physical and occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and other services for people with disabilities in a variety of inpatient and/or outpatient settings.
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Join your plastic surgery colleagues from across the country to educate Congress and help shape policy that impacts your practice and patients at the ASPS Advocacy Summit. We are bringing the nation's capital to you this year with our virtual meeting format! During the Virtual Advocacy Summit, you will have the opportunity to:
As a board-certified plastic surgeon and an ASPS member, you have the experience, knowledge and ideas to inform Congress before they craft and vote on public policy matters affecting the practice of medicine and the care your patients receive. Join us at the Virtual Advocacy Summit and make your voice heard!
Registration will be free for all U.S. members, residents, and fellows. Local, state, and regional plastic surgery society staff and lobbyists are also encouraged to attend the event for free by registering with Darcy McLaughlin at DMcLaughlin@plasticsurgery.org or visiting: https://www1.plasticsurgery.org/shopping/product.aspx?id=30684&catID=20&to=shopasps
Registration Deadline: May 17, 2021. If you are interested in participating after our registration deadline, please contact Darcy McLaughlin at DMcLaughlin@plasticsurgery.org.
*The Advocacy Summit will replace the ASPS Regional Fly-Ins in 2021. In-person Regional Fly-Ins will return in 2022.