AANEM Advocacy News Express

AANEM News Express

Legislation Update from Washington, DC

A synopsis of current legislative happenings from Washington, DC. 

Capitol Hill Update: Congress Convenes for 2018

Read the latest update from Capitol Hill for developments in health care and tax reforms. 

Recap: 2017 AMA House of Delegates Interim Meeting

The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) met in Honolulu, Hawaii on November 10-14. AANEM co-sponsored a resolution with the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR) asking the AMA to oppose legislation amending the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as this legislation would increase barriers for disabled persons attempting to file suit to challenge a violation of their civil rights. After debate, the resolution was amended to include a directive to the AMA to also provide education to physicians about how they can make their offices more accessible to disabled patients. The resolution passed without objection.

Capitol Hill Update: Tax Reform and Potential Impacts to Healthcare

During November 2017, the House of Representatives passed its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The comprehensive legislation represents an overhaul of the U.S. tax code, with a multitude of changes to tax brackets and tax rates. The Senate passed a differing version of legislation overhauling the tax system on December 2, 2017. Both proposals have extensive detail and include a number of provisions that alter specific deductions and credits.
While moderate Senators received assurances that drastic changes to healthcare coverage and access would not be included in a final tax package, there are some health items up for negotiation as lawmakers move to conference in an effort to craft the compromise bill. 

Healthcare Reform: The Latest from Capitol Hill

Following the failure to advance a comprehensive repeal and replace package to overhaul the healthcare system, key legislators in Congress have continued working to develop a narrower set of changes to stabilize the insurance markets. 

MACRA: CMS Releases Final Rule for Year 2 of the Quality Payment Program; Eases Burden for Small Practices

On Thursday, November 2, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its
final rule for Year 2 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), established under MACRA. Several of AANEM’s suggestions were adopted in the final rule. Of key importance is that CMS is, essentially, providing for another transition year. 

Healthcare Reform: Update from Capitol Hill

Congress returned to Capitol Hill shortly after Labor Day facing a growing list of critical and timely issues to address. Much of the work in the Senate though was dedicated to efforts to pass legislation to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act before the threshold for votes increased from a simple majority to 60 after the October 1 start of the Fiscal Year. 

AANEM Comments on 2018 MACRA Proposed Rule

The American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine submitted a
comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on August 21 regarding its proposed rule changes on Medicare payment and delivery reform enacted by MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act). The MACRA legislation represented a complete overhaul of the structure of physician payments under Medicare with a new framework called the Quality Payment Program (QPP), which went into effect January 1, 2017.

Why Not Lobby ABEM Certification Instead of Laboratory Accreditation

In response to the continued growth of fraud, abuse, and the number of unqualified providers performing EDX studies, the AANEM Board voted to move forward with an ambitious plan of working to establish mandatory standards for EDX medicine nationwide based upon AANEM’s EDX Laboratory Accreditation Program. The goal of this effort is to ensure patients receive only quality EDX care from qualified providers. 
Some AANEM members have asked - why did AANEM choose to use the EDX Laboratory Accreditation Program instead of  requiring ABEM certification (or other board certification) to perform EDX testing?  Isn’t requiring both redundant?

House Continues its Support of AANEM Efforts in EDX Medicine

On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the House Appropriations Committee approved its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Labor-Health and Human Services-Education (L-HHS) Appropriations Bill. In response to continued advocacy efforts by AANEM, the bill contains report language indicating the U.S. House’s ongoing interest in ensuring patient access to quality EDX medicine.







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