Medicare Pre-Authorization Required as of July 1, 2020

Despite lobbying efforts by ASPS and others, Medicare has opted to, for the first time, require pre-authorizations for several common plastic surgery procedures. For further information, go to https://www.plasticsurgery.org/for-medical-professionals/health-policy/cms-new-policy-prior-authorization-for-outpatient-procedures and review the attached articles from ASPS.



SB 698

Over the past two weeks, the FSPS has fielded many questions regarding the implications of SB 698, which requires a consent before a physician, resident, or medical student may examine the pelvic area or rectum, including the external organs. The…



New Office Surgery Rules to Go Into Effect January 1, 2020

In June, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 732, the most sweeping change to the State’s Office Surgery Statutes in two decades. While the law officially does not go into effect until January 1, 2020, surgeons should begin now to…



Legislative Update

2019 Legislative Wrap-Up Christopher L. Nuland, Esq. May 4, 2019 Amidst the usual last-minute shenanigans and deal-making, I am happy to report that, overall, we had an extraordinary 2019 Legislative Session. Not only did we pass SB 732, which will…



Legislative Halftime Report

Christopher L. Nuland, Esq. March 28, 2019 As we approach the halfway point of the 2019 Legislative Session, it has become abundantly clear that the House and Senate have very different health care agendas. In the House, scope of practice…



The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The second week of the Legislative Session produced a series of initiatives that could drastically affect each and every physician’s practice in the Sate of Florida. The Good On Monday the Senate Health Policy Committee adopted a comprehensive rewrite of…



Legislative Update “FSPS Working For You!”

August 28, 2017 Dear Fellow FSPS Members: As most members know, any Level III office surgery patient over the age of 40 must currently undergo both a complete work-up and an EKG, creating both an administrative and financial burden on…



Legislative Wrap-Up

In a year in which legislators failed to pass legislation even on their priority issues, such as Direct Primary Care, Worker’s Compensation Marijuana Regulation, the FSPS was able to boast some notable achievements. Defensively, we worked very hard to successfully…



There are now only two weeks left in the 2017 Session

There are now only two weeks left in the 2017 Session, and lawyers and lobbyists are preparing for a frenetic stretch run. The House and Senate have significantly different budgetary priorities (e.g., the Senate wanting all state workers to receive…



Report from the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee

INTRODUCTION: As a representative for the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons all of whom are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, I attended the most recent Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting. This committee is composed of 31…