AANEM Advocacy News Express

AANEM News Express

Washington Update for January

    1/27/2016
Before adjourning for 2015, Congress took took action on an omnibus spending package that included the 12 annual appropriations bills. Most notably, the Fiscal year (FY) 2016 omnibus appropriations bill secured a $2 billion funding increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), bringing the agency’s total funding up to $32 billion annually.

AANEM on Capitol Hill

    12/16/2015
On Thursday, December 3, 2015, AANEM Health Policy Director Millie Suk, JD, MPP, and Dane Christiansen, AANEM’s Washington representative from the Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington, held promising meetings with leading members of congress and representatives of patient organizations to discuss mandating standards for electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine to ensure patients receive only high quality care from qualified providers

Washington Update for December

    12/16/2015
Congress adjourned briefly on December 11, 2015, after passing a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that will keep all federal programs operating at their Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 levels until December 16. While congress is working on end of the year issues, AANEM continues to work with other stakeholders to build support for advancing optimal patient care in electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine

Recap: 2015 AMA House of Delegates Interim Meeting

    12/1/2015
The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) held its interim 2015 meeting in Atlanta, GA, November 14-17. A variety of important issues were reviewed by the HOD.

Washington Update for November

    11/18/2015
In an effort to better support federal medical research activities and emerging clinical/translational research programs at NIH, AANEM is joining the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Coalition. Stakeholder organizations and congressional offices also continue to engage with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to promote collaboration that advances policies to reduce fraud and abuse in EDX medicine while promoting access to quality care.

Give Your Input About Medicare’s Quality Reimbursement Programs

    10/19/2015
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a “Request for Information” (RFI) regarding the implementation of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and alternative payment models (APMs) under the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act” (MACRA), which was passed back in April to replace the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula used to calculate Medicare payments to physicians. AANEM will be submitting its comments by the November 17, 2015 deadline, but individuals are also allowed to submit comments.
 

APPLY NOW: Muscular Dystrophy Coordinating Committee

    10/5/2015
The Muscular Dystrophy Coordinating Committee (MDCC), a federal advisory committee, is seeking nominations for an individual to serve as a non-federal member interested in providing the public and/or patient perspective. The MDCC coordinates activities amongst the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other Federal health programs and activities relevant to all forms of muscular dystrophy. 

Second Annual Day on Capitol Hill

    9/23/2015
AANEM hosted its second Annual “Day on Capitol Hill” in Washington D.C. on Sept. 14. The state liaisons met with over 40 congressional offices, and also advocated for increased NIH funding for neuromuscular research, support for Ensuring Access to Clinical Trials Act (S. 139/H.R. 209), and Patient’s Access to Treatment Act (P.A.T.A.) (H.R. 1600).

Washington Update

    8/26/2015
Congress adjourned for the August recess following a productive legislative session during which legislators advanced a number of medical research and patient care priorities, while struggling to deal with controversial issues that have stymied high profile bills.



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