AANEM Advocacy News Express

AANEM News Express

Recap: 2018 AMA House of Delegates Interim Meeting

The AMA’s House of Delegates (HOD) convened in Washington, DC in November 2018 for its Interim Meeting. During the 4 days the House was in session, they considered and debated more than 100 resolutions, covering a wide range of important topics affecting health care in the United States. 

AANEM Comments on NY Worker’s Comp Efforts to Drastically Cut EDX Reimbursement

August 2018, the New York Worker’s Compensation Board (NYWCB) proposed to adopt the new current procedural terminology (CPT) codes for EDX medicine created in 2013 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The adoption of these codes, under New York’s current worker’s compensation reimbursement system, would result in reimbursement cuts of up to 63%. 
AANEM promptly responded to the NYWCB’s proposal in August to outline the implications for both clinicians and patients. Unfortunately, the warnings went unheeded, and New York adopted the proposed changes. However, it did permit a 30 day comment period, so AANEM submitted a second letter.

AANEM Comments on 2019 Proposed Update to Physician Fee Schedule & QPP

The American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine submitted a
comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on September 10, 2018, regarding CMS’s proposed rule changes in Medicare’s Physician Fee Schedule and the Quality Payment Program (QPP).

AANEM Responds to New York Worker’s Compensation Board’s Proposed Changes to Medical Fee Schedule

Millie Suk, JD, MPP, AANEM Health Policy Director, recently reached out to AANEM members in New York to inform them about an AANEM letter to be sent to the New York Worker’s Compensation Board very soon. This letter is in response to the NY Worker’s Compensation Board’s
proposed changes to the Medical Fee Schedule.

“The new fee schedule would result in some substantial cuts in reimbursement for EDX testing,” stated Ms. Suk. “I encourage all AANEM members in New York to reach out to the New York Worker’s Compensation Board to oppose these changes. It is important that we all do our part to take action on this matter to ensure EDX testing is properly reimbursed by worker’s compensation in New York State.” 

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.