AANEM Advocacy News Express

AANEM News Express

AANEM Comments on 2021 Proposed Update to Physician Fee Schedule & QPP

AANEM staff, with input from the Professional Practice and Quality & Patient Safety Committee members, drafted and submitted a 13-page, detailed comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on September 29 regarding its proposed rule changes to Medicare’s Physician Fee Schedule and the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that addressed issues of importance to our membership. 

Updated: AANEM Position Statement –Establishing Standards for Acceptable Waveforms in Nerve Conduction Studies

An updated version of AANEM’s position statement, “Establishing Standards for Acceptable Waveforms in Nerve Conduction Studies,” was published in the October 2020 edition of Muscle & Nerve.

CMS Releases Proposed Updates to Physician Fee Schedule and the Quality Payment Program

On August 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a 
proposed rule that includes updates to payment policies, payment rates and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Payment Schedule effective on or after January 1, 2021.

AANEM Joins in Support of Legislative Efforts to Protect Physician Visas

AANEM joined dozens of other medical groups in their support of two major legislative efforts to assist physicians attain permanent resident status (green cards).

AANEM State Liaisons: One of the Last Groups on Capitol Hill

AANEM returned to Washington, DC for its 7th Annual Day on Capitol Hill on March 9, 2020. The AANEM State Liaisons were one of the last groups able to visit with congressional offices prior to the shutdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.