SGO Issues Nov 5, 2015


SGO Issues Nov. 5, 2015

SGO congratulates new and transitioning members
Gynecologic Oncology November 2015
Committee volunteers needed to help SGO meet strategic goals
Deadline for CMS review of 2016 Value Modifier, PQRS calculations Nov. 23
USPSTF posts final research plan for cervical cancer screening

SGO congratulates new and transitioning members

Eighteen new members joined the Society of Gynecologic Oncology in September and October. Another 18 members transitioned to the next membership level. SGO congratulates the following new and transitioning members:

New Full Member
John L. Hays, MD, PhD

New Candidate Member
Sharon Ann Romano Fitzgerald, MD

New Resident/Student Members
Logan Blankenship
Nerlyne Desravines, MD
Christina L. Duncan, DO
Lindsey Pearson
Malte Renz, MD
Brooke E. Sanders
Allison Staley, MD

New Allied Members
Allison Assante, PA-C
Linn Bergander, PA-C, MPH
Lynn Calat, MS
Samantha N. Davis
Kelli S. Dempsey
Brittany Hesse
Jessica Lyons, MS, PA-C
Lisania Milli, MSN
Alissa Newman, PA-C

Transitioning Full Members
Nada Kawar, MD
Sally A. Mullany, MD
Reagan Street, MD
Renata R. Urban, MD

Transitioning Candidate Members
Mariam AlHilli , MD
Caroline Craig Billingsley, MD
Jocelyn Chapman, MD
Gizelka David-West, MD
Elizabeth Dickson Michaelson, MD
Colleen Rivard, MD
Ryan Spencer, MD
Caitlin Stashwick, MD
Ira Winer, MD, PhD

Transitioning Fellow-in-Training Members
Arthur-Quan Minh Tran, MD
Jessica Lee, MD

Transitioning International Member
Arnold Jan Kruse, MD, PhD

Transitioning Senior Members
Robert McLellan, MD
Nancy Louise, MD

Gynecologic Oncology November 2015

Gynecologic Oncology November 2015 Volume 139, Issue 2, p209-388:

Lead Article: Rescreening for genetic mutations using multi-gene panel testing in patients who previously underwent non-informative genetic screening Melissa K. Frey, Sarah H. Kim, Rebecca Yee Bassett, Jessica Martineau, Emily Dalton, Jing-Yi Chern, Stephanie V. Blank

Editorial: More genes, more problems? Benefits and risks of multiplex genetic testing Barbara M. Norquist, Elizabeth M. Swisher

Committee volunteers needed to help SGO meet strategic goals

SGO is seeking volunteers to serve on committees for the 2016 program year. The committees listed on the SGO website serve a joint purpose for the SGO and the Foundation for Women’s Cancer (FWC). Committees help strengthen teamwork, foster diversity and bring the best and brightest multidisciplinary perspectives to advance SGO’s mission as well as help the Society and the Foundation to meet and surpass their strategic goals.

For more information on responsibilities and time commitment, review the committee descriptions before filling out the 2016 Committee Volunteer Form. The duration of a committee appointment is generally two years with a reappointment option. The call for volunteers closes Dec. 1. E-mail or call (312) 235-4060 with any questions about becoming an SGO committee member.

Deadline for CMS review of 2016 Value Modifier, PQRS calculations Nov. 23

The informal review period for CMS Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) 2016 payment adjustments and 2016 Value Modifier calculation based on 2014 quality reporting ends Nov. 23.

Eligible professionals (EPs), Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) practice sites, Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) group practices, and Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) that believe they have been incorrectly assessed the 2016 PQRS negative payment adjustment have until Nov. 23 to submit an informal review requesting CMS investigate incentive eligibility and/or payment adjustment determination.

In 2016, CMS will apply a negative payment adjustment to all individuals and groups that did not satisfactorily report PQRS in 2014. If they receive the 2016 negative payment adjustment they will not receive a 2014 PQRS incentive payment on their 2016 claims.

The period for requesting an informal review of the 2016 Value Modifier is open and also ends on Nov. 23. For groups with 10 or more EPs that are subject to the 2016 Value Modifier, CMS established an Informal Review Period to request a correction of a perceived error in their 2016 Value Modifier calculation. These groups may request an informal review of their 2016 Value Modifier determination.

USPSTF posts final research plan for cervical cancer screening

On Oct. 29 the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) posted a final research plan on screening for cervical cancer. The draft research plan for this topic was posted for public comment from May 28 to June 24, 2015. The Task Force reviewed all of the comments that were submitted and took them into consideration as it finalized the research plan, which is available on the USPSTF website.