AANEM Advocacy News Express

AANEM News Express

September Action Alert: New Congressional Sign On Letter

Help advocate for quality patient care in electrodiagnistic (EDX) medicine by contacting your House Representative to ask them to join the bipartisan sign on letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

House Takes Up AANEM Cause, Seeks Advocacy Letter Co-Signer

AANEM advocacy efforts continue to gain momentum. In addition to outreach by key Senators to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), legislators in the House of Representatives are taking an active interest in issues of quality and patient access to sites of care in electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine, including a new sign-on letter to CMS.

AANEM Advocacy: Lab Accreditation vs. ABEM Certification

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. Some members have asked - why did AANEM chose to use the EDX Laboratory Accreditation Program versus requiring ABEM certification?

US Senators Support AANEM Advocacy Efforts

AANEM advocacy efforts are building congressional support and increasing awareness of the issues impacting electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine, including joining the sign-on letter to CMS asking the agency to work with the stakeholder community on quality-based solutions and to report on any efforts to curb fraud and abuse in EDX medicine.

AANEM Comments on MACRA Proposed Rule

The AANEM submitted a
comment letter  to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on June 27 regarding its proposed rule implementing MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act).

Recap: 2016 AMA House of Delegates Annual Meeting

At the annual American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) meeting in June, the HOD reviewed issues including effectively addressing the current opioid crisis, encouraging Congress to fund research into gun violence, establishing extensive policy to address lead contamination in the water in Flint, MI, and across the nation, and addressing the potential implications of insurance mergers. 

AANEM’s 3rd Annual Day on Capitol Hill

AANEM hosted its third annual “Day on Capitol Hill” in Washington D.C. on May 23. AANEM Health Policy Director Millie Suk, JD, MPP, and AANEM’s Washington representatives from the Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington (HMCW) led sixteen members of AANEM’s State Liaison program to meetings with their respective legislators and legislative staff. The group met with over 50 congressional offices. 

Advocacy in Washington, D.C. & Call to Action

AANEM representatives recently returned from a productive trip to Washington, D.C. where they met with several patient groups and Senate offices to advocate for a national mandate setting quality standards based on AANEM’s EDX Laboratory Accreditation program.

Washington Update for February

On February 9, 2016, the president released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Budget Request to Congress.  Following President Obama’s vocal support for medical research during his final State of the Union address the public health community was optimistic about the FY 2017 Budget Request. However, the proposal mainly focused recommendations for additional public health resources exclusively towards cancer programs







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