AANEM Advocacy News Express

AANEM News Express

2015 CPT Code Changes Impacting NM and EDX Medicine

    1/27/2015
This fall the American Medical Association (AMA) released the 2015 CPT code changes that went into effect January 1, 2015. There were some minor changes relevant to electrodiagnostic and neuromuscular medicine. 

2015 Coding Guide Now Available

    1/27/2015
The AANEM announced the release of the 2015 version of their Coding Guide on January 27, 2015.  The AANEM 2015 Online Coding Guide is the most comprehensive source for electrodiagnostic (EDX) and neuromuscular (NM) coding.  

Continuing the Fight Against Fraud

    1/13/2015
AANEM continues to work on educating payers about quality electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine studies. Most recently, on December 10, Peter Grant, MD, gave a fraud and abuse presentation to over 30 medical directors.

Fighting to Ensure Quality in Neuromuscular and EDX Medicine

    12/2/2014
AANEM’s health policy director, Millie Birr, JD, MPP, exhibited at the National Healthcare Antifraud Association’s (NHCAA) Anti-Fraud Expo in Dallas in mid-November.  More than 1,000 private and public payers and healthcare anti-fraud law enforcement personnel attended the conference, with 100 attendees stopping by the AANEM booth.

Recap: 2014 AMA House of Delegates Interim Meeting

    11/18/2014
The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) held its interim 2014 meeting in Dallas, TX, November 8-11. A variety of important issues were reviewed by the HOD.

CMS Re-opens Hardship Exemption Applications for Meaningful Use

    10/8/2014
On October 7, CMS announced that they are re-opening and extending the
hardship exemption application deadline to November 30, 2014.  A successful application allows providers to avoid the 2015 Medicare penalties for not demonstrating meaningful use of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT).  

State Liaisons Meet for Day on Capitol Hill

    9/24/2014
On September 15, AANEM hosted its first Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. AANEM staff led 26 members of AANEM’s State Liaison Program on meetings with a total of 76 congressional offices.

Quality and Resource Use Reports Available Soon

    8/26/2014
Physicians, it’s time to access your confidential Medicare feedback reports, called Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRUR). In early September, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will make QRURs available based on care provided in 2013 to all groups and solo practitioners. 

There is Still Time to Register for the Open Payment System

    8/26/2014
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the deadline for data review through the Sunshine Act portal until September 8. Physicians should review reports and seek necessary corrections as soon as possible. 

EDX Congressional Sign-On Letter Sent to CMS

    8/12/2014
On July 31, a congressional sign-on letter was sent to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services voicing concern about the impact the 2013 Medicare reimbursement cuts to several EDX codes have had on patient access to quality care.


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