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AANEM's News Stories

Backward Walking Therapy for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
7/16/2014  Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is a common and costly condition, often leading to significant morbidity, including pain and foot ulcerations. A new study investigates the use of backward walking therapy as a treatment tool for patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

2015 Medicare Fee Schedule: CMS Predicts Zero Impact on EDX Physicians
7/16/2014  On July 3, 2014, CMS issued a proposed rule updating payment policies and rates for physicians under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) in 2015.

Comparative Billing Report: An Update
7/16/2014  AANEM policy staff participated in a webinar by the authors of the recently released Comparative Billing Report (CBR) on electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine.  

Early Investigation of Novel ALS Treatment
7/1/2014  A new learning phase study investigates a novel potential treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the antibody Ozanezumab. It appears to be reasonably safe and worth proceeding with additional study.

Sunshine Act - Review Your Data Before It Goes Public!
7/1/2014  The data collected under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (“Sunshine Act”) will be made public on September 30, 2014. You have the right to review your reports beginning in mid-July and dispute any that are false, inaccurate, or misleading before they are made public.

2014 MOCP Examination Set for November 1
7/1/2014  The next ABEM Maintenance of Certification Program (MOCP) examination will be administered during the annual meeting on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at the Harbor Ballroom at the Westin Savannah Hotel, Savannah, GA.

AANEM Seeks Advisor to AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Committee
6/17/2014  The AANEM is searching for physicians interested in coding and reimbursement issues and wishing to increase awareness of electrodiagnostic (EDX) and neuromuscular (NM) medicine to represent the AANEM at the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Committee (RUC).

Meeting to Focus on Emerging Technologies in Neuromuscular Medicine
6/17/2014  New sessions at 2014 AANEM Annual Meeting reflect a larger trend in the field—encouraging specialists to think beyond EMG when diagnosing and treating patients with neuromuscular (NM) diseases. The meeting is planned for October 29-November 1, 2014, in Savannah, GA.

Comparative Billing Report on Electrodiagnostic Testing to be Released in June – Check Your Mailbox!
6/17/2014  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last week that it will release a Comparative Billing Report (CBR) on Electrodiagnostic (EDX) testing this month. The report will only go out to a sampling of a maximum of 5,000 non-hospital based EDX providers this month, so check your mail for a copy of the report! 

ABEM Certification Examination Changes Format
6/12/2014  After careful deliberation and research, the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM) Board of Directors voted to change the format of the ABEM Certification Examination at its spring meeting in Chicago, Ill.
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