AANEM Practice News Express

AANEM News Express

Open Payment Review and Dispute Period

    4/6/2016
On Friday, April 1, 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the beginning of the review and dispute period for the Open Payments data publication. This review period lasts for 45 days.

TUDCA in the Treatment of ALS

    3/23/2016
This pilot study in the European Journal of Neurology showed promise for the use of TUDCA in the slowing the progression of ALS.

Serum AChR Antibody Testing is More Sensitive in OMG than Previously Reported

    3/9/2016
This retrospective review in JAMA Neurology of 223 patients diagnosed with ocular myasthenia gravis found the AChR antibody was elevated in 70% of patients in this study.

Comparative Billing Reports in EDX Medicine: An Analysis

    3/9/2016
Approximately 4,300 Medicare providers of electrodiagnostic (EDX) tests received comparative billing reports (CBRs) this past February. The reports are intended to give providers an opportunity to compare themselves to their peers (based on the specialty they billed Medicare most often under), check their records against data in CMS files, and review Medicare (and AANEM) guidelines to ensure compliance

Oral Steroids for Acute Radiculopathy Due to a Herniated Lumbar Disk

    2/24/2016
This clinical trial discussed in JAMA of a short course of oral steroids showed modest improvement in function among patients with acute lumbar radiculopathy due to herniated disk.

CMS Extends Attestation Deadline

    2/24/2016
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they have extended the attestation deadline for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs to Friday, March 11, 2016

CMS Mandates Providers Have 60 Days to Return Overpayments 

    2/24/2016
According to final regulations released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on February 11, 2016, physicians must actively look for overpayment through self-audits and other forms of research.  Physicians have 60 days from the date of identification to return overpayments to Medicare.

2016 Coding Guide Now Available

    2/24/2016
The 2016 version of the AANEM Coding Guide is now availalbe. The AANEM Online Coding Guide is the most comprehensive source for electrodiagnostic (EDX) and neuromuscular (NM) coding.

Send AANEM Your CBR

    2/24/2016
Approximately 4,500 Medicare providers of electrodiagnostic tests received comparative billing reports (CBRs) earlier this month. If you received one, please send a copy of your report to the AANEM policy department at policy@aanem.org or via fax at (507) 288-1225.

Corticosteroid Treatments in Males with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

    2/10/2016
This study in the Journal of Child Neurology evaluated the association between steroid use and loss of ambulation in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in 477 patients collected at multiple sites over 30 years. 


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