AANEM Advocacy News Express

AANEM News Express

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.


Congressional Update for AANEM Members – July 2015

    7/28/2015
Legislators on Capitol Hill worked to advance a number of key legislative priorities so that they could be well-positioned to finalize high-profile items before the end of the year. Most notably, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved their chambers’ respective FY 2016 Labor-Health and Human-Services-Education (LHHS) Appropriations Bills.

The ACA Survives Legal Challenge

    6/30/2015
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) survived its second major legal challenge this past week when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld health insurance tax-credit subsidies for low-income Americans in every state. In the concluding paragraph of the majority’s opinion, Justice Roberts wrote, “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter.” 

Recap: 2015 AMA House of Delegates Annual Meeting

    6/30/2015
At the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) annual meeting in Chicago, important issues reviewed included: banning non-medical exemptions for immunizations, opposition to Medicare’s three-day hospital stay rule, encouraging physician involvement in the development of MOC/MOL requirements, and requesting a two-year grace period for ICD-10.

AANEM Hires Medical Lobbying Firm

    6/2/2015
At its spring meeting in early May, the AANEM Board of Directors approved the hiring of the Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington (HMCW). Current AANEM President, Vince Tranchitella, MD, explained, “AANEM leaders felt that hiring a medical lobbying firm to help us navigate the political landscape will ensure that we have input in future healthcare changes.”  

Action Alert: Ask Your U.S. Senators to Join the NIH Caucus

    6/2/2015
Key Senators would like to put the National Institutes of Health (NIH) back on a path of stable, noteworthy growth. Appropriators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) have formed an NIH Caucus in the Senate to fight for both immediate and long-term funding increases. To ensure your Senators join the NIH Caucus and work to increase NIH funding, please reach out to their offices and ask for their support.


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