AANEM Practice News Express

AANEM News Express

ABEM MOCP Annual Recording Fees Due by Dec. 31

If you are enrolled in the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine’s (ABEM) Maintenance of Certification Program (MOCP), your deadline for submitting your annual CME recording fee ($30) and form is December 31 to avoid a late fee.

Meaningful Use Exemption Update

Congress passed legislation allowing CMS to move more quickly on applications for exemptions from Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements for the 2015 calendar year. Physicians will have until March 15, 2016, to apply for an exemption from the 2015 meaningful use program year.

Baseline QST Predicts Development of Neuropathy in Patients Treated with Oxaliplatin

This study in Clinical Colorectal Cancer provides important information about the value of comprehensive quantitative sensory testing (QST) that incorporates thermal threshold detection measures in the evaluation and prediction of severity of neuropathy in patients receiving or about to receive treatment with oxaliplatin.

Correcting Neuromuscular Deficits with Gene Therapy in Pompe disease

This  study in Annals of Neurology supports further exploration of AAV-based gene therapy in the treatment of Pompe Disease.

2016 Fee Schedule—What Does This Mean for Reimbursement?

On On October 30, 2015, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Final Rule for the 2016 Medicare Physician Payment Schedule. Within this document and addendum are updates to the relative value units (RVU), which include work RVUs, practice expense (PE) RVUs, malpractice (MP) RVUs, as well as the proposed Medicare conversion factor.

2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

On October 30, 2016, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Final Rule for the 2016 Medicare Physician Payment Schedule. Following is a summary of some of the changes that could affect AANEM members for the calendar year (CY) 2016.

Lumbar Intradiscal Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections: A Prospective, Double-blind, Randomized Controlled Study

This double-blind, randomized controlled study in PM&R shows promising early results for platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections for chronic lower back pain.

Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of ESIs for Radiculopathy and Spinal Stenosis

This review in the Annals of Internal Medicine of 30 placebo-controlled trials on epidural corticosteroid injections (ESIs) for radiculopathy and 8 trials for spinal stenosis calls into question the increasing use of ESIs for common diagnoses of radiculopathy and spinal stenosis.

Safety and Efficacy of Diaphragm Pacing in ALS Patients

Effective treatments for ALS are aggressively sought, and diaphragmatic pacing received expedited approval by the US FDA based on a single multi-center study. This study in Lancet Neurology, however, demonstrated that diaphragmatic pacing reduced survival in ALS patients.

CIDP diagnostic pitfalls and perception of treatment benefit

This important study from Neurology demonstrates the troubling frequency with which patients are misdiagnosed with CIDP and even treated with immunotherapy. Neuromuscular subspecialty referral and closer adherence to published guidelines would reduce this problem considerably, though likely not eliminate it.







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