AANEM Advocacy News Express

AANEM News Express

CMS Re-opens Hardship Exemption Applications for Meaningful Use

    10/8/2014
On October 7, CMS announced that they are re-opening and extending the
hardship exemption application deadline to November 30, 2014.  A successful application allows providers to avoid the 2015 Medicare penalties for not demonstrating meaningful use of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT).  

State Liaisons Meet for Day on Capitol Hill

    9/24/2014
On September 15, AANEM hosted its first Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. AANEM staff led 26 members of AANEM’s State Liaison Program on meetings with a total of 76 congressional offices.

Quality and Resource Use Reports Available Soon

    8/26/2014
Physicians, it’s time to access your confidential Medicare feedback reports, called Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRUR). In early September, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will make QRURs available based on care provided in 2013 to all groups and solo practitioners. 

There is Still Time to Register for the Open Payment System

    8/26/2014
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the deadline for data review through the Sunshine Act portal until September 8. Physicians should review reports and seek necessary corrections as soon as possible. 

EDX Congressional Sign-On Letter Sent to CMS

    8/12/2014
On July 31, a congressional sign-on letter was sent to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services voicing concern about the impact the 2013 Medicare reimbursement cuts to several EDX codes have had on patient access to quality care.

Deadline for ICD-10 Finalized

    8/12/2014
October 1, 2015, is the new ICD-10 compliance date mandated in a final rule by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last month.

Comparative Billing Report on Electrodiagnostic Testing to be Released in June – Check Your Mailbox!

    6/17/2014
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last week that it will release a Comparative Billing Report (CBR) on Electrodiagnostic (EDX) testing this month. The report will only go out to a sampling of a maximum of 5,000 non-hospital based EDX providers this month, so check your mail for a copy of the report! 

Knowledge is Power: Educating Payers About EDX to Combat Fraud

    6/4/2014
“If your mother needed an electromyography (EMG), wouldn't you want someone who knew what they were doing to perform the test?” Ronald C. Bingham, MD, asked his audience during a presentation at a National Healthcare Antifraud Association’s (NHCAA) National Education & Training Series (NETS) meetings in Louisville, KY.

Meaningful Use Deadlines Approaching

    6/4/2014
Deadlines for Meaningful Use (MU) of electronic health records (EHRs) for 2015 incentive payments are quickly approaching. All EDX medicine physicians who are not hospital based and treat Medicare and/or Medicaid patients are required to meet MU standards of at least Stage 1 by October 1, 2014.

AANEM Staff Join GBS CIDP for Hill Day

    5/7/2014
On May 1, Executive Director Shirlyn Adkins, JD, and Health Policy Director Millie Birr, JD, MPP, joined the GBS CIDP Foundation International on its Hill Day visits with key legislators and their staff. The group met with a total of 18 congressional offices, asking representatives to sign a letter requesting data from CMS about the 2013 NCS reimbursement cuts’ impact on patients. 


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