AANEM Advocacy News Express

AANEM News Express

Recap of the 2018 AMA House of Delegates Annual Meeting

The largest American Medical Association House of Delegates (HOD) ever, with more than 2,500 physicians, convened in Chicago, Illinois in June 2018 for its annual meeting. During the 5 days the House was in session, it passed 172 resolutions.

AANEM Successfully Fought to Protect CNCT Technologists in Illinois and Louisiana

Unprecedented legislation was presented this past session which had the ability to impact how Certified Nerve Conduction Technologists (CNCT) technologists could promote their certification. AANEM worked successfully with lobbyists in both Illinois and Louisiana to amend or stop the bills from passing.

AANEM and Coalition Fight to Successfully Amend Louisiana Certification Bill

Louisiana lawmakers yesterday amended
House Bill 748 to allow the use of professional certification credentials, like the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine’s (ABEM) CNCT certification for nerve conduction studies (NCSs) in the state. In its original form, the bill would have banned use of the term “certification” issued by credentialing bodies unless the certification was related to a licensure requirement (like a board certification for medical doctors). The amendment removed all such language and, in fact, deleted much of the language in the bill. 

AANEM Returns to Capitol Hill to Promote Quality EDX Testing

On Monday, April 30, 2018, AANEM state liaisons traveled to Capitol Hill to educate senators and representatives about electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine and the contemporary challenges facing the patient and professional community.

The group met with dozens of congressional offices, calling on their members of Congress to take action. 

AANEM Joins Coalition in Louisiana to Protect CNCT Technologists

AANEM joined a coalition this week to weigh in with the Louisiana state legislature on a pending bill that would severely restrict the use of professional certifications (e.g. the Certified Nerve Conduction Technologist (CNCT) certification from the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine) in the state.

Louisiana House Bill 748, the “Occupational Licensing Review Act,” would prohibit use of the terms “certification” and “registration” for nongovernmental professional credentialing unless state law requires certification or registration to work in the profession (as it does for physicians).

AANEM urges members in Louisiana who are concerned about this bill to contact their state senator and voice their opposition to HB 748. 

AANEM Heading to Washington, DC for State Liaison Meeting and 5th Hill Day

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. 

Recent Study Proves Value and Importance of Electrodiagnostic Testing to Patient Care

A recent article in Muscle & Nerve – “The Usefulness of Electrodiagnostic Studies in the Diagnosis and Management of Neuromuscular Disorders” – highlights an extensive review of electrodiagnostic (EDX) studies. The findings indicate that EDX studies led to a change in diagnosis in more than half of the patients and led to a change in management plan in more than 60%.

Congress Features AANEM Concerns in Appropriations Bill

In addition to making meaningful investments in medical research and patient care activities, Congress’ FY 2018 appropriations effort advanced policy discussions regarding quality patient care, including fraud and abuse in electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine.   

AANEM Advocacy in Indiana Pays Off: Chiropractors Still Can’t Perform Needle EMGs

​AANEM policy staff teamed up with the Indiana Medical Association and ASET – The Neurodiagnostic Society – to amend a bill in Indiana that would have changed state law to permit chiropractors to perform needle EMGs. 

DC Congressional Update on Critical Healthcare Issues

In late February 2018, the passage of the most recent continuing resolution resolved a number of critical healthcare issues pending before Congress. Large-scale items addressed through the legislative package include a 10 year (total) extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program; an extension of funding for Community Health Centers, Teaching Health Centers, and the National Health Service Corps; and $3 billion for FY 2018 and $3 billion for FY 2019 to fight the opioid epidemic. 







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