AANEM Advocacy News Express

AANEM News Express

House Passes American Health Care Act

On Thursday, May 4, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), which repeals and replaces the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or “Obamacare.” Read more for an overview of key provisions from H.R. 1628. 

AANEM Returns to Capitol Hill to Promote Quality EDX Testing

On Monday, May 8, 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. During the event, advocates presented Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) with a 2017 Distinguished Public Service Award for his bipartisan work to raise the issue of questionable billing and the need for quality standards in EDX medicine with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Advocacy Update From Capitol Hill

In March 2016, the Trump administration released an abridged version of their nonbinding Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget Request to Congress. One of the lone bright spots for public health programs in the administration’s budget request is the recommendation of an additional $70 million for efforts to eliminate fraud and abuse at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with an emphasis on moving away from the “pay-and-chase” model and instead preventing improper payments.

AANEM Represented at National Physicians’ Council for Healthcare Policy Meeting

AANEM member and Advocacy Advisor, Peter Grant, MD, and AANEM Health Policy Director, Millie Suk, JD, MPP, attended the spring meeting of the National Physicians’ Council for Healthcare Policy (NPCHCP) in Washington, D.C. on March 19-20.  Dr. Grant serves as a Vice Chair of the NPCHCP. The focus of the meeting was wide-ranging, looking at ways to reform MACRA to preserve private and rural practice in the current legislative efforts to restructure America’s health care system.

Republicans Release ACA Replacement Plan

On March 6, 2017, the House Republican leadership released its Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replacement bills, collectively titled the “American Health Care Act”. President Donald Trump backed the bill the following day, noting that it is open to negotiation.

Advocacy Update from Capitol Hill

Ahead of the President’s Day congressional recess, the Senate worked overtime to confirm key nominees to join President Trump’s cabinet. Most notably, former Georgia Congressman Tom Price was confirmed as the new Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

CMS Responds to AANEM Efforts

At the end of 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finally responded to repeated requests for information on agency efforts to curb fraud and abuse while ensuring quality of care in electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine.

114th Congress: Session Wrap-Up

As the 114th Congress and the Obama Administration wind down, legislators and agencies have rushed to complete work on critical pending items. Most notably, the House and Senate both passed long-debated bipartisan legislation to bolster medical research and patient care, the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34)

Recap: 2016 AMA House of Delegates Interim Meeting

The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) met in Orlando, FL, on November 12-15, 2016, for its interim meeting.







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