Practice

On July 13, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule updating payment policies and payment rates for physicians under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for 2018.  CMS estimates a 0% impact in payment for neurology and +1% for physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians; although, ultimately, the result could differ when the final rule is published in the fall.
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Medicare

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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If you have questions, please contact the Policy Department at policy@aanem.org.

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