AANEM Practice News Express

AANEM News Express

What Does the Election Mean for Healthcare in the U.S.?

Long before the first vote was cast in the November election, it was apparent that 2017 would bring big changes to Capitol Hill. Retirements by senior lawmakers as well as self-imposed term-limits for committee leadership will change the complexion of key committees with jurisdiction over healthcare. 

AANEM Endorses International Consensus Guidance for MG Management

The AANEM Board of Directors has endorsed the International Consensus Guidance for the Management of Myasthenia Gravis, which was recently published in Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Join Our New MACRA Task Force

We are seeking AANEM members to join a new MACRA task force. This task force will help shape our response to the new Quality Payment Program (QPP) created by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as part of the 2015 MACRA legislation. Task force members will help to create resources for AANEM members. 

LEARN More about Medicare’s Quality Payment Program

AANEM policy staff is continuing to work on resources to assist AANEM members in their transition to Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP), created as a result of the MACRA legislation enacted by Congress in April 2015. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released their final rule implementing the QPP, which is set to take effect on January 1, 2017.
Both CMS and the American Medical Association (AMA) have created extensive materials that are available on their websites, and will be hosting webinars.

Association of a Locus in the CAMTA1 Gene With Survival in Patients With Sporadic ALS

This study in JAMA Neurology identified two gene variants associated with decreased survival in ALS.

AANEM Effort Gains Traction in the House: Sign-On Letter Closes with 24 Signatories

AANEM advocacy efforts in Washington D.C. continue to see success. Efforts to work with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish mandatory standards for EDX medicine based on the AANEM EDX Laboratory Accreditation program continue to progress, with a recent bi-partisan letter sent by several members of the U.S. House of Representatives to CMS.

MACRA: CMS Releases Final Rule in Overhaul of Physician Payment Policies

On Friday, October 14, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final rule implementing key provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), the legislation passed by Congress last year replacing the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) physician payment formula.  MACRA represents a complete overhaul of the structure of physician payments by Medicare.  

Physician Compare Preview Period is Open

Physicians have 30 days to preview their 2015 performance scores as they will appear on Physician Compare website beginning in late 2016.  The preview period began on October 12, 2016, and will end on November 11, 2016.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) created the Physician Compare website as required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010.

MACRA Flexibility for Clinicians

In September, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Administrator, Andy Slavitt, revealed that CMS is offering clinicians four options to comply with and avoid a negative payment adjustment in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) outlined in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) for 2019.







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