Physicians often need to distinguish inflammatory neuropathies from other neuropathies and motor neuron disorders. This study in Neurology discusses the use of ultrasound for diagnosis, and underlines that testing has robust merit.


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has many programs that could impact physicians and their practice. Medicare programs are always changing, making it difficult to stay up-to-date.

The AANEM policy staff monitors CMS programs that affect the practice of neuromuscular and electrodiagnostic medicine, ensuring its members gain the information needed  to navigate these programs, make the most of incentives, and avoid downward payment adjustments to Medicare reimbursements.

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Meaningful Use (MU)

The passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in 2009, served as an impetus for the Meaningful Use Incentive program through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). As such, Electronic Health Records and their meaningful use have been a topic of discussion for most physicians and medical facilities.

About EHR and MU (PDF)

Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)

The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) is a Medicare reporting program that uses payment adjustments to promote reporting of quality information by eligible professionals (EPs). 

About PQRS (PDF)

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