AANEM Advocacy News Express

AANEM News Express

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. 

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.