AANEM Advocacy News Express

AANEM News Express

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.

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.