AANEM Practice News Express

AANEM News Express

AANEM Assists in Creation of New Codes to Account for Additional Services During Public Health Emergency

On September 8, 2020 the American Medical Association (AMA) published an update to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set that includes two new code additions for reporting medical services required by the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The two additions have been approved for immediate use.

CMS Announces Option to Opt-out of MIPS for 2020

CMS announced that MIPS eligible clinicians will have the choice to opt-out completely or partially from the 2020 MIPS program by completing a hardship exemption application and indicating that it is due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

IRS Announces CARES Act Relief Funds are TAXABLE to For-Profit Health Providers

Just days before the July 15 tax deadline, the IRS announced that funds paid to for-profit healthcare providers through the COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund are taxable income subject to the 21% corporate tax rate.

Resources for Small Practices During COVID-19

Many states across the US are seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases which has led to a renewed shortage of PPE in several geographic regions. Some areas are also continuing to struggle with a shortage of COVID-19 tests. The AANEM policy department has received several emails and messages, primarily from smaller practices, asking for advice on obtaining both PPE and access to COVID-19 tests for non-symptomatic patients prior to EDX testing. In an effort to assist these members, we’ve compiled a list of current resources and suggestions based on research and conversations with other medical groups.

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

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

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.