AANEM Practice News Express

AANEM News Express

2019 Coding Guide Now Available

    1/16/2019
Purchase the
AANEM 2019 Online Coding Guide today – the most comprehensive source for electrodiagnostic (EDX) and neuromuscular (NM) coding. Your purchase will provide you with access to the Online Coding Guide website through the end of 2019. 

New Study Shows Disparities in EDX Training in Residency Programs

    1/2/2019
Results from a 2017 survey shared at the 2018 annual meeting of the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) illustrate significant disparities in the amount of training that neurology and physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR) residents receive in electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine. 

AANEM Updates Evaluation and Management (E/M) Position Statement

    11/30/2018
The AANEM Professional Practice Committee recently conducted an extensive review of the current
Billing for Same Day Evaluation & Management and Electrodiagnostic Testing position statement, taking into account member feedback from the past year and a half. The committee made several edits to the language in the document, and added a fifth common scenario demonstrating when it may be appropriate to bill for a separate evaluation and management (E/M) when performing EDX testing. 

Quality Payment Program (QPP): Updates for 2019

    11/30/2018
On November 1, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its
final rule for Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). This year, CMS combined the final QPP rule with the final 2019 Physician Fee Schedule. 

AANEM reviewed all 2,379 pages of the rule and while several of AANEM’s comments and suggestions were adopted in the final rule for the Physician Fee Schedule, including proposed changes to the E/M codes, most of AANEM’s concerns about the QPP went largely unheeded. The QPP will continue to be a challenging program for specialists and subspecialists, especially EDX and NM physicians, to participate in, but AANEM is hopeful that through its continued work with CMS and policymakers, we will be able to decrease the burdens associated with the QPP and increase the efficacy of the program.

Read more about changes to the QPP for Performance Year 2019. 

AANEM’s Voice is Heard! CMS Delays Implementation of E/M Proposal

    11/16/2018
On November 1, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a
final rule updating payment policies and rates for physicians paid in 2019 under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). This final rule contains some positive changes in the documentation requirements for visits billed as evaluation and management (E/M) services. 


ABEM to Offer Neuromuscular Ultrasound Certificate of Added Qualification

    8/15/2018
The American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM) is pleased to announce that in the coming months, it will be offering a Neuromuscular Ultrasound Certificate of Added Qualification (NM US CAQ) as an additional certification available to ABEM certified physicians. ABEM will be the first certifying organization to offer this CAQ.   



Congratulations to Newly Certified CNCT Technologists!

    7/2/2018
Congratulations to the technologists who successfully passed the 2018 Certified Nerve Conduction Technologist (CNCT) Examination through the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM).  


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