SGO Issues May 19, 2016
SGO Ambassadors score first win on FY 2017 funding
SGO supports resolution for National Cancer Research Awareness Month
SGO Coding and Reimbursement: How Would You Code?
SGO at ASCO
Join the Surgeons Team for the Race to End Women’s Cancer
On May 17 the House Appropriations Committee approved their FY 2017 Dept. of Defense (DoD) spending bill. This legislation includes $20 million for the DoD Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP). This was accomplished due to the efforts by the SGO Ambassadors writing to their Congressional representatives on the House Appropriations Committee and gaining 117 Members of Congress to sign the Member Request letter, spearheaded by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and Congressmen Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Sean Duffy (R-WI).
This is the first step in the FY 2017 Appropriations process to secure the $20 million for the Ovarian Cancer Research Program at the DoD. SGO Ambassadors will monitor the progress of this legislation through the entire House of Representatives, watching for amendments to strip the funding. Similarly, SGO Ambassadors are working hard in reaching out to their Senators regarding their decisions about FY 2017 DoD funding. Due to the November election, SGO Ambassadors will be working on securing this funding for the rest of the year. If you would like to join the SGO Ambassadors Program, please email Jill_Rathbun@galileogrp.com.
SGO has joined an effort led by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and supported by the entire cancer advocacy community in support of a Congressional resolution recognizing May as National Cancer Research Awareness Month. This resolution calls upon Congress to make cancer research a top national priority.
59 y/o woman diagnosed with grade 2 endometrioid adenocarcinoma of endometrium has robotic total laparoscopic hysterectomy (<250 gm), BSO and injection of cervix with ICG dye and laparoscopic excision of bilateral pelvic sentinel LN performed.
This procedure is coded as follows:
1) TLH-BSO (<250 gm) —58571 (S2900-ROBOTIC SYSTEM)
2) Laparoscopic LN excision/biopsy 38570-51 modifier
3) Intraop mapping of Sentinel LN +38900
38900 can be billed if the physician injects the blue or ICG dye and it can be billed without the 38792. In most endometrial cancer cases the surgeons are no longer doing the radioactive injections.
Submitted by Mark S. Shahin, MD, Vice Chair of the SGO Task Force on Coding and Reimbursement
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SGO members traveling to Chicago for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting on June 3-7 at McCormick Place can attend the oral abstract session on gynecologic cancers on Sunday, June 5, from 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Central Time. A list of the abstract titles being presented is available and the full abstracts will be released today at 5:00 p.m. EDT at Abstracts.asco.org.
Members can also visit the SGO Booth (#2038) in the Exhibit Hall between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from Saturday, June 4, through Monday, June 6. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with SGO staff members and learn more about membership benefits, education product offerings and other updates from the Society.
Linda Duska, MD, and Chad Hamilton, MD, co-chairs of the SGO Surgeons Team for the National Race to End Women’s Cancer on Nov. 6, 2016, in Washington DC, are encouraging SGO members to support the Surgeons Team by registering to join or donating to the cause. In honor of the Foundation for Women’s Cancer’s 25th anniversary, the registration fee has been discounted to $25 until June 1. After June 1, the registration fee will be $45.