The 18th Annual Joint National Podiatric Carrier Advisory Committee (CAC)-Private Insurance Advisory Committee (PIAC) meeting was held on Friday, November 2, in Baltimore. CAC and PIAC representatives are your local experts; they are practicing podiatrists experienced in dealing with insurance issues, and they are your go-to source when you need help with claims appeal, contracting, understanding medical policy, and more.
The meeting featured a slate of industry speakers covering the full spectrum of reimbursement, and provided strong guidance for how your local representatives are integral for success. Speakers included Aetna Medical Director Chris Jagmin, MD, and WPS Health Insurance Medical Director Robert Kettler, MD.
This year, the meeting focused on fostering effective communications between CAC and PIAC representatives and the private and public medical directors to resolve reimbursement and coverage issues, as well as communications between CAC and PIAC representatives and podiatric colleagues to help educate them on the latest insurance issues. Attendees also heard from Cindy Moon, MPP, MPH, vice president at Hart Health Strategies, for a Medicare policy update including more information on APMA's recent E/M coding victory. Long-time APMA consultant Kelli Back, JD, discussed emerging issues in private insurance contracting.
Extended group discussions allowed for representatives to bring up ongoing or new public and private payer issues in their states and receive input and advice from their peers who may have dealt with similar issues in the past.
Meeting attendees are tasked with dispersing the knowledge gained during this meeting to you, their state components. Members should expect to hear from their local representative soon. (Visit the CAC–PIAC page for a list of representatives.) Additional follow-up from the meeting will be available on APMA.org in the coming weeks, and a full summary of the meeting will appear in the January/February 2019 issue of APMA News.