AANEM Advocacy News Express

AANEM News Express

Received a Solicitation for EDX Services? Send it to AANEM

The AANEM Policy Department is seeking flyers, brochures, emails and any other solicitations sent out to physicians offering “get rich quick schemes” involving EDX testing.

Recap: 2019 AMA House of Delegates Annual Meeting

The AMA’s House of Delegates (HOD) convened in Chicago, IL in early June for its Annual Meeting. During the five days that the House was in session, they considered and debated on over 175 resolutions, covering a wide range of important topics affecting health care in the U.S. Over 2,500 physicians and medical students from all 50 states and more than 115 specialties participated in the meeting.

AANEM Returns to Capitol for 6th Annual Hill Day

Its 6th Annual Day on Capitol Hill was hosted by AANEM on May 20, 2019.  A record number (18) of AANEM’s State Liaisons attended the event and met with dozens of legislative offices to educate Senators and Representatives about electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine and the contemporary challenges facing the patient and professional community.

Dr. Peter Grant’s Expert Testimony Helps Convict Texas Doctor and Hospital Owner in $20 Million Healthcare Fraud Scheme

Two years ago, AANEM Member, Peter A. Grant, MD, was contacted by the FBI. He was asked to review 35 patient charts in a case involving Dr. Harcharan Narang, who owned and operated North Cypress Clinical Associates, and Dr. Gurnaib Sidhu and Dayakar Moparty, who managed and operated the now defunct Red Oak Hospital in Houston, Texas. 

“In reviewing these charts, it became readily apparent that EDX fraud was being committed. I conducted a rather exhaustive and analytical review and then authored a 27-page report which detailed all the inadequacies, inaccuracies and fraudulent tactics I identified,” said Dr. Grant. 

In February 2019, Narang and Moparty’s case went to trial and Dr. Grant provided expert witness testimony. 

AANEM in DC – Meeting with New Legislative Leadership & the OIG

An AANEM advocacy team spent the day in Washington, DC on February 15, 2019, meeting with newly elected and re-elected leadership of various healthcare related Congressional committees. Additionally, the team educated a group of investigative attorneys at the Office of Inspector General (OIG) on detecting and stopping EDX fraud and abuse.

Recap: 2018 AMA House of Delegates Interim Meeting

The AMA’s House of Delegates (HOD) convened in Washington, DC in November 2018 for its Interim Meeting. During the 4 days the House was in session, they considered and debated more than 100 resolutions, covering a wide range of important topics affecting health care in the United States. 

AANEM Comments on NY Worker’s Comp Efforts to Drastically Cut EDX Reimbursement

August 2018, the New York Worker’s Compensation Board (NYWCB) proposed to adopt the new current procedural terminology (CPT) codes for EDX medicine created in 2013 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The adoption of these codes, under New York’s current worker’s compensation reimbursement system, would result in reimbursement cuts of up to 63%. 
AANEM promptly responded to the NYWCB’s proposal in August to outline the implications for both clinicians and patients. Unfortunately, the warnings went unheeded, and New York adopted the proposed changes. However, it did permit a 30 day comment period, so AANEM submitted a second letter.

AANEM Comments on 2019 Proposed Update to Physician Fee Schedule & QPP

The American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine submitted a
comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on September 10, 2018, regarding CMS’s proposed rule changes in Medicare’s Physician Fee Schedule and the Quality Payment Program (QPP).

AANEM Responds to New York Worker’s Compensation Board’s Proposed Changes to Medical Fee Schedule

Millie Suk, JD, MPP, AANEM Health Policy Director, recently reached out to AANEM members in New York to inform them about an AANEM letter to be sent to the New York Worker’s Compensation Board very soon. This letter is in response to the NY Worker’s Compensation Board’s
proposed changes to the Medical Fee Schedule.

“The new fee schedule would result in some substantial cuts in reimbursement for EDX testing,” stated Ms. Suk. “I encourage all AANEM members in New York to reach out to the New York Worker’s Compensation Board to oppose these changes. It is important that we all do our part to take action on this matter to ensure EDX testing is properly reimbursed by worker’s compensation in New York State.” 







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