It’ll be a busy few days for AANEM in Washington, DC next week as AANEM’s State Liaison Committee is gathering for its regular meeting and then visiting with members of Congress for AANEM’s 5th annual Hill Day.
The State Liaison Committee is comprised of AANEM members from nearly every state in the US. In the committee meeting on April 29, 2018, the group will discuss current trends in each liaison’s home state related to electrodiagnostic (EDX) and neuromuscular medicine and challenges facing the patient and professional communities. AANEM’s DC lobbyist will also attend this meeting and present the current state of affairs on Capitol Hill, with particular focus on health care matters.
The following day, April 30, 2018, each member of the State Liaison Committee will head to Capitol Hill to meet with their respective legislative offices (typically their Representative and their Senator) to discuss 3 main issues:
- AANEM’s efforts to pass mandatory standards for the performance of EDX testing based on the standards in AANEM’s Electrodiagnostic Laboratory Accreditation Program.
- Increased funding for the National Institutes for Health (NIH) – specifically for neuromuscular research.
- Abolishing MIPS per MedPAC’s recommendation in its 2018 March Report to Congress and replacing it with a voluntary value program.
“It’s exciting to think we’re embarking on our 5th Hill Day,” said Millie Suk, JD, MPP, AANEM Health Policy Director. “The results of our continued efforts are making a difference. With each visit, the congressional offices become more familiar with us and our cause which is advocating for quality care and fair reimbursement. We’re making a positive impact and I’m optimistic about our impending visit.”
Look to AANEM’s News Express in May 2018 for a recap of AANEM’s 5th Hill Day.