AANEM Practice News Express

AANEM News Express

AANEM Releases Consensus Statement on EDX Testing in Pediatrics

Nerve conduction studies and needle electromyography, collectively known as electrodiagnostic (EDX) studies, have been available for pediatric patients for decades, but the accessibility of this diagnostic modality and the approach to testing vary significantly depending on the physician and institution.

2019 Coding Guide Now Available

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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

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

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

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

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

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.   







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