AANEM’s health policy director, Millie Birr, JD, MPP, exhibited at the National Healthcare Antifraud Association’s (NHCAA) Anti-Fraud Expo in Dallas in mid-November. More than 1,000 private and public payers and healthcare anti-fraud law enforcement personnel attended the conference, with 100 attendees stopping by the AANEM booth.
Birr shared materials and information on AANEM’s laboratory accreditation program, position statements, and general information on how to detect fraudulent and abusive practices in electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine. “This was great exposure for AANEM,” she stated. “After exchanging e-mails and phone calls over the past year, I had the opportunity to meet individuals from various insurance companies in person. They made a point of visiting the booth. I believe attending this conference helped solidify some of our payer relationships and created some new ones.”
AANEM members Ronald C. Bingham, MD, and Peter A. Grant, MD, presented at other NHCAA meetings this year to educate payers and law enforcement about the importance of accurate EDX studies in an effort to combat fraud and abuse. “AANEM is hoping that educating payers on how to identify EDX fraud will help them eliminate this costly part of their business and allow them to pay quality providers what they deserve for conducting these important tests for patients,” noted Shirlyn Adkins, AANEM’s executive director.
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