Practice

Q. Should I report as a group or as an individual? A. If you work in group practice, you have the choice to report as an individual or as a group. However, if you decide to report as a group, ALL eligible clinicians must report under the group’s tax identification number (TIN) – no one is allowed to report individually. Similarly, if your group elects to report together, even if you would be exempt under the low-volume threshold on the individual level, you MUST participate with the group. Under the group reporting option, all eligible clinicians will report on the same measures in each of the four categories.
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Process Overview and Resources

Accreditation Process Overview

Step 1

Submit the completed application with supporting materials and pay the appropriate fee. The applicant will receive confirmation when payment is submitted.

Step 2

The AANEM Accreditation Committee and Subcommittee will review the application and submit the recommendation to the AANEM Board of Directors as to whether the laboratory should be granted accreditation or provisional accreditation, or denied accreditation. The AANEM Board of Directors has final approval of all accreditation applications.

Step 3

A letter indicating the laboratory’s status will be sent to the primary contact. The letter will also include a section of information about the newly accredited laboratory’s address, phone number, and name of lab.  Applicants will reply back so that information can be added to the AANEM’s “Find an Accredited Lab” section of the website, and for the correct spelling of any printed certificates.  Applicants granted accreditation will enter a five-year cycle for reaccreditation.  
Laboratories granted provisional accreditation will have 6 months to resolve any concerns identified by the Accreditation Committee. Applicants denied accreditation may reapply in one year.






Exemplary Status

Accreditation with Exemplary status is the highest level of accreditation recognized by the AANEM. Exemplary status is granted to laboratories whose Lab Medical Director is certified by at least one of the following boards:
  • American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM)
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in Clinical Neurophysiology or Neuromuscular Medicine
  • American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in Neuromuscular Medicine



Accreditation Fees

Laboratories will be assessed the following fees for the accreditation process:
  • Accreditation Fee (1-3 physicians) - $1000
  • Fee for Each Physician over 3 - $200
  • Fee per Satellite Laboratory - $200
  • Reaccreditation Fee - $750

*Application is customized based on the staff composition of each laboratory




Resources 

To help you complete the Electrodiagnostic Laboratory Accreditation process, the AANEM has compiled a list of resources for you. They include everything from sample policies you can download and personalize to a checklist you can use to ensure you have completed all the necessary requirements to submit your application:
Of course, the AANEM's number one resource is its staff. Don't hesitate to contact us at accreditation@aanem.org with your questions.

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